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Emotion: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Dylan Evans

September 2019

ISBN: 9780198834403

136 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Drawing on the latest scientific research, from anthropology and psychology to neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Evans takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the human heart, discussing the evolution of emotions and their biological basis, the science of happiness, and the role that emotions play in memory and decision making.

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Drawing on the latest scientific research, from anthropology and psychology to neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Evans takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the human heart, discussing the evolution of emotions and their biological basis, the science of happiness, and the role that emotions play in memory and decision making.

  • Offers an entertaining and accesible introduction to the latest thinking about emotions
  • Draws on a wide range of scientific research, from anthropology and psychology to neuroscience and artificial intelligence
  • Discusses the evolution of emotions and their biological basis
  • Illustrated with entertaining examples from fiction, film, and popular culture
  • New sections address the neural basis of empathy and the emotional impact of films
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Dylan Evans

Dylan Evans received his PhD in Philosophy from the London School of Economics in 2000. He has taught at various universities around the world and written nine books, including The Utopia Experiment (Picador, 2015) and Atheism: All That Matters (Hodder 2014). In 2006-7 he ran the Utopia Experiment, an extended simulation of what life might be like if civilisation collapsed. He has also spent extended periods of time training horses in Guatemala, living with the Bedouins in the Sahara, and learning to play dead-goat polo in Kazakhstan.

Table of Contents

    1: The universal language
    2: Why Spock could never have evolved
    3: Short cuts to happiness
    4: The head and the heart
    5: The computer that cried
    Further reading
    Index