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Some great research findings embedded within a conceptually outdated framework
on 10 March 2014
I am a great fan of the author's work regarding the role of frontal alpha asymmetry in approach vs. avoidance behaviour and have employed many of his formulations in my own lab. Had this been a descriptive review, the book would have received five stars. There are a host of interesting studies referred to within the texts which I would recommend the interested reader to pursue.
That being said, the remainder of the book is replete with new age narratives and incessant reiterations of Emotional Style (always beginning with capitals, a thoroughly irritating ploy). Davidson's underlying concepts explaining his findings are highly outdated and reek of the social constructionist movement that dominated psychological thinking in the late 80's. The functional analysis of human cognition and emotion had already realized the plasticity inherent in humans almost three decades ago, with contemporary evolution science only realizing the necessity of assessing the activity of an organism as a whole.
I suggest Dr. Davidson read the attached link to appreciate how far a field has come conceptually and empricially