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VINE VOICEon 3 May 2015
I read this following Matthieu Ricard's "Art of Meditation" and wanted to know more about the origins of the scientific exploration of mindfulness.mi got that and more. This is an utterly inspiring walk through the origins of this whole new branch of neuroscience, and it's framed Ian way that makes it accessible and personal for those of us unlikely to be able to manage ten thousand hours of meditation. Thoroughly recommended.
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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 Davidson's underlying concepts explaining his findings are highly outdated and reek of the social constructionist movement that dominated psychological thinking in the late 80's. The functional analysis of human cognition and emotion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
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on 9 October 2013
This book does the following things:
- lets you assess your emotional style profile;
- provides compelling evidence of the possibility of changing your emotional style through psychological exercises that change your brain anatomy and physiology;
- provides a chapter of neurally inspired exercises to change your own emotional style.
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on 24 December 2012
Excellent new insights to the emotions in the brain, Very easy to read considering it is scientific and so well researched. Every page is interesting and offers ways to change your outlook as well as building on the natural you. I found this book extremely useful for my work as a psychotherapist.
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on 22 June 2013
I really enjoyed this book, a mix of the authors journey regarding the topic and the extensive amount of research showing how incredible is the brain/mind. It is also encouraging to know that we can change our emotional styles so we are not stuck. This book gives hope but shows that it does work to change your emotional life.
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on 22 July 2016
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on 23 March 2017
Really enjoyed this book. Love the detail of the research which for me adds to the understanding of the subject.
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on 15 January 2014
Easy to read. Brilliant content and worth a read if you wish to take an evaluative look at yourself, and change to become more aware of your true self.
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on 31 July 2013
This is a,great little book and is helpful in disentangling different aspects of emotional responses. It is also an easy read and not too repetitive as some similar books are.
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on 1 May 2014
Science as an autobiography is entertaining and it is of particular interest because of aspect of meditation. I enjoyed it.
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