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Positive Neuroscience

Joshua D. Greene, India Morrison, and Martin E. P. Seligman


This volume describes research supported by the John Templeton Foundation’s Positive Neuroscience Project, aimed at illuminating the neural mechanisms that promote human flourishing. The contributors and Project awardees include internationally renowned neuroscientists whose work has shaped and reshaped our understanding of human nature. Part I (Social Bonds) describes the mechanisms that enable humans to connect with one another. Part II (Altruism) focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying the human ability and willingness to confer costly benefits on others. Part III (Resilience and Creati ... More

Keywords: positive neuroscience, flourishing, social bonds, altruism, resilience, creativity, brain, fMRI

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199977925
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua D. Greene, editor
Director of the Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard University.

India Morrison, editor
Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linköping University.

Martin E. P. Seligman, editor
Director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP).

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Joshua D. Greene and India Morrison

Part I Social Bonds

3 Toward a Neuroscience of Social Resonance

Thalia Wheatley and Beau Sievers

Part II Altruism

4 Prosociality as a Form of Reward Seeking

Jamil Zaki and Jason P. Mitchell

5 Is Human Prosocial Behavior Unique?

Lindsey A. Drayton and Laurie R. Santos

6 When Feeling and Doing Diverge

Tony W. Buchanan and Stephanie D. Preston

7 Amygdala Tuning Toward Self and Other

Vincent Man, Daniel L. Ames, Alexander Todorov, and William A. Cunningham

8 Toward a Neuroscience of Compassion

Yoni K. Ashar, Jessica R. Andrews-Hanna, Sona Dimidjian, and Tor D. Wager

9 Extraordinary Altruism

Abigail A. Marsh

Part III Resilience and Creativity

11 Could Meditation Modulate the Neurobiology of Learning Not to Fear?

Britta K. Hölzel, Sara W. Lazar, and Mohammed R. Milad

13 The Function of Positive Emotions in Exploration

Hans L. Melo and Adam K. Anderson

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