Journals Higher Education

$16.95

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28 October 2014

240 Pages | 12 black and white line drawings

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198713494


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Why Humans Like to Cry

Tragedy, Evolution, and the Brain

Michael Trimble

  • Looks at why humans are the only species to have evolved emotional crying
  • Explains the physiological, psychological, and biological reasons for crying
  • Links this unique aspect of human evolution to the development of language, self-consciousness, and religion
  • Considers the influence of the ability for empathy and how the brain allows us to develop theory of mind
  • Builds on Nietzsche's ideas about the deep origins of tragedy
  • Explores our love of tragedy in art forms and the particular emotional power of music
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