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Emotion Explained

Edmund T. Rolls


The book links the analysis of the brain mechanisms of emotion and motivation to the wider context of what emotions are, what their functions are, how emotions evolved, and the larger issue of why emotional and motivational feelings and consciousness might arise in a system organized like the brain. The topics in motivation covered are hunger, thirst, sexual behaviour, brain-stimulation reward, and addiction. The book proposes a theory of what emotions are, and an evolutionary, Darwinian, theory of the adaptive value of emotion, and then describes the brain mechanisms of emotion. The book exam ... More

Keywords: emotion, hunger, sexual behaviour, brain, consciousness, decision-making, reward, pleasure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570035
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edmund T. Rolls, author