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Pleasure and Pain in the Brain

Morten Kringelbach and Helen Phillips

16 January 2014

ISBN: 9780199593491

304 pages

In Stock

Price: £44.99

Provides a clear, contemporary review of our understanding of emotions and their neural basis, as well as exploring emotional disorders, and how our understanding of emotion can be used to treat these.



Emotion provides a clear, contemporary review of our understanding of emotions and their neural basis - what is happening in our brains to make us 'feel the way we do'. It also explores emotional disorders, and how our understanding of emotion can be used to treat a range of psychiatric disorders.

  • A clear, coherent account of this interdisciplinary field
  • Provides unique insights into the neural basis of emotion, while taking care to present these insights in the context of the wider study of psychology
  • The engaging prose is enriched with full colour illustrations, helping the reader to visualise even the most challenging concepts
  • Contrasts normal emotional processing with maladaptive responses, showing how the study of normal behaviour can illuminate our understanding of psychiatric conditions
  • The Online Resource Centre provides additional materials to augment the print text

About the Author(s)

Morten Kringelbach, Senior Research Fellow & University Research Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and The Queen's College, Oxford, and Professor, CFIN, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Helen Phillips, Freelance science writer and journalist, Exeter, UK

Morten L. Kringelbach, D.Phil., is the director of the Hedonia: TrygFonden Research Group - a transnational research group based in both Oxford, UK and Aarhus, Denmark. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and a Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, as well as Senior Research Fellow and College Lecturer in Neuroscience at The Queen's College, University of Oxford.

Dr Helen Phillips is a journalist, writer and consultant, specialising in neuroscience and life sciences, for print, online and broadcast media. Dr Phillips obtained her first degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and was awarded a DPhil in Neuroscience from the University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

    1:Introducing emotions
    2:A brief history of emotions
    3:Individual emotions
    4:Social emotional development
    5:The nature of emotions: pleasure and pain
    6:Emotion and cognition
    7:Emotional disorders
    8:The future of emotions
    9:How do we know? Methods for emotion research


"An informative text which provides enough information for students to get to grips with the biological aspects of emotion, arranged in a logical and accessible format. It is user friendly and appealing." - Karen Eaton-Thomas, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

"A really well written and comprehensive introduction to emotion, covering all the main issues and theories... academically sound, up to date and readable." - Inspector Insight, September 2014

"A very useful link between neuroscience and the physiology underpinning behaviour and psychology." - Dr Steve Tucker, University of Aberdeen