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Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love: What Neuroscience Can--and Can't--Tell Us About How We Feel (Anglais) Broché – 25 février 2014

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“In Frazzetto’s book, the Italian researcher and writer offers a fine primer on six emotions plus empathy. But before diving into the biology of each emotion (the role of the amygdala in fear and of serotonin reuptake in grief), he inspects his target through the lenses of psychology, philosophy, art and personal experience. What you see is that poetry offers more insight into our feelings than does neuroanatomy or biochemistry.”

—Washington Post
“Neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto enters the restless realm of human emotion through the portals of physiology, genetics, history, art and philosophy. Anger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy and love are anatomized in turn, enlivened with research on everything from the role of monoamine oxidase A in anger to the engagement of opioid receptors as we thrill to music. And who knew that surrealist Salvador Dali created an art installation in the shape of a giant caterpillar to explore the process of sedation?”
“A remarkable look at the power of human emotion and the overuse of science in justifying human nature. . . . Refreshing. . . . Interweaving psychological and scientific experiments with endearing personal anecdotes and historical retellings, Frazzetto shows that we are, indeed, more than the sum of our brain scans. While his knowledge of case studies is impressive, it’s his own dealings with strong emotions like grief and love that make the book appealing. . . .  Frazzetto has produced an homage to the history and of mankind’s devotion to flights of the heart and sparks of the brain.”
—Publishers Weekly
“[An] intriguing book . . . . An enjoyable illumination of ‘that most private and shadowy territory, our emotions.”
—Kirkus Reviews
“A masterful meld of science, art, and memoir on what makes us human.”
—Allen Frances, author of Saving Normal
“Engaging... very refreshing. His analogies and images when explaining the science are often illuminating and sometimes inspired.”
—Henry Marsh, The Times, UK

“Wonderfully lucid.”
—Lisa Appignanesi, author of Mad, Bad and Sad and All About Love

“Intriguing... eye-opening. Frazzetto explains with admirable clarity.”
—James McConnachie, The Sunday Times, UK

“Frazzetto’s book guides readers through the latest neurological research, stopping at each revelation to question what has been discovered.”
—Philip Maughan, The New Statesman

“I finished feeling that I had learned a lot effortlessly ... his expressive style of writing is very enjoyable to read.”
—Matt Chorley, Popular Science UK

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“Neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto enters the restless realm of human emotion through the portals of physiology, genetics, history, art and philosophy. Anger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy and love are anatomized in turn, enlivened with research on everything from the role of monoamine oxidase A in anger to the engagement of opioid receptors as we thrill to music. And who knew that surrealist Salvador Dali created an art installation in the shape of a giant caterpillar to explore the process of sedation?”
Is science ever enough to explain why we feel the way we feel?

In this engaging account, renowned neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto blends cutting-edge scientific research with personal stories to reveal how our brains generate our emotions. He demonstrates that while modern science has expanded our knowledge, investigating art, literature, and philosophy is equally crucial to unraveling the brain’s secrets. What can a brain scan, or our reaction to a Caravaggio painting, reveal about the deep seat of guilt? Can ancient remedies fight sadness more effectively than antidepressants? What can writing poetry tell us about how joy works? Structured in seven chapters encompassing common human emotions—anger, guilt, anxiety, grief, empathy, joy, and love—Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love offers a way of thinking about science and art that will help us to more fully understand ourselves and how we feel.

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11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love:..... 13 mai 2014
Par Kate - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I am probably being a little hard on this book...I had wanted more data, and more neuroscience, less personal tales of writing sonnets, method acting and the authors experienced experience(s) of love.
I wanted more studies correlating brain chemistry vis-a-vis environmental factors, more gender differences .... not the assumption of male response as the response of people in general ( ie. Visual re: impetus to passion which is more applicable to men then women)
OK I wanted a well written engaging text book with all of the latest studies and their implications and applications...and this is an intro to emotions and I should not fault it for that, because it is throughout intros that we then hunger for more information.
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Fun To Read and Very Accessible 25 septembre 2014
Par Book Shark - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love: What Neuroscience Can and Can't Tell Us about How We Feel by Giovanni Frazzetto

"Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love" is an engaging book on what neuroscience can tell us about our emotions. Neuroscientist, Dr. Giovanni Frazzetto's narrates amusing personal stories in which he applies the latest of neuroscience with the purpose of describing scientifically how we feel. This
interesting 321-page book includes the following seven chapters: 1. Anger: Hot Eruptions, 2. Guilt: An Indelible Stain, 3. Anxiety: Fear of the Unknown, 4. Grief: Presence in the Absence, 5. Empathy: The Truth Behind the Curtains, 6. Joy: Fragments of Bliss, and 7. Love: Syndromes and Sonnets.

1. Engaging and accessible prose.
2. Neuroscience is one of my favorite topics. This book focuses on our emotions.
3. The book is laid out logically and is very easy to follow and understand. Frazzetto is very likeable and does a good job of balancing a narrative of his personal experiences with neuroscience.
4. Good use of diagrams to help the reader understand basic neuroscience.
5. Does a very good job throughout the book of disclosing what we do know versus what we don't know scientifically about our emotions. Acknowledges that neuroscience is in its infancy and we must be careful not to jump to conclusions. "However, no neuroscientist would ever tell you that variation in a gene such as MAOA is alone sufficient to determine violent behavior or to make someone a criminal."
6. Surprisingly, makes great use of lesser-known contributions of Charles Darwin. "In 1872, about a dozen years after On the Origin of Species, Darwin published a beautiful volume called The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, his biggest legacy to the field of psychology."
7. One of the great disclosures of neuroscience is the compelling link between our brains and behavior, particularly when the brain has been damaged.
8. The importance of emotions in decision making. "Damasio's ground-breaking experiments entirely revised the predominant theories that confined decision-making to the realm of rationality and established a new theory according to which emotion is essential in decision-making and our most seemingly rational choices. Emotion and reason are not two exclusive functions of the brain. There exists a mutual dependency between the two."
9. An interesting look at aggression. "In the case of antisocial and violent behavior, factors as diverse as childhood abuse or neglect, unstable family relationships or exposure to violence have all been found to be influential." "It is the presence of the gene in combination with a hostile environment that increases the possibility of developing antisocial behavior."
10. A good job of describing what neuroscience has learned about guilt and how guilt is connected to concepts of moral purity. "For me at least, there's no way gazing at an fMRI image can help draw definite conclusions about the sense of guilt, nor map its exact locus, let alone find out how to assuage it."
11. Good advice on how to handle anxiety. "We can learn to avoid being gripped by anxiety, not by worrying or withdrawing from life - for this would simply reinforce our anxiety symptoms - but by actively turning away from negative thoughts, engaging in pleasurable activities and adopting constructive behavior."
12. The future of psychiatric neuroscience. "Research in psychiatric neuroscience is heading towards the identification of biomarkers. These are measurable biological values that work as proof of some distinct change in the body. For instance, high levels of gonadotropin in a woman's urine are the biomarker of her pregnancy."
13. Amusingly, uses theatre as a vehicle to teach readers about empathy. "The power of the mirror neurons has resonated widely within the theatre world especially, because it provides a fresh theory to probe the mysterious and tacit understanding between actors and audience."
14. Presents peculiar aspects of pleasure and joy. "In fact, of the many emotional sounds she used to probe the auditory capacity of the mirroring system, laughter was the most powerful. Basically, just hearing someone laugh can prompt a smile on your face."
15. The health benefits of being positive. "In general, a positive disposition does improve physical health. Feeling calm, cheerful and strong as opposed to sad, tense or angry can even increase your resistance to developing a cold!"
16. A look at the science of happiness. "Seven main factors that contribute to happiness: health, employment, income, freedom, personal values, family, and social relationships and friends." "Of all the factors influencing our emotional well-being, by far the most significant is the establishment of social and emotional bonds."
17. Provocative questions. "So, the question is: can love be studied in the laboratory and trapped in a test tube? Indeed, from a neuroscience perspective, love is still only sparsely understood. Neuroscientists have the curiosity and ambition to dissect the wonder of love into its neural components. An increasing number of studies involving genetics, neurochemistry and brain imaging have sought to explain all phases and kinds of love, from the passionate establishment of romantic bonds to sexual pleasure, maternal love, relationship attachment and the desolate experience of rejection."
18. Many examples of how the brain functions. "In the case of fear, the brain is plastic: its neuronal wiring and the genetic expression underlying it can be actively changed. Epigenetic modification continues even after childhood. Whatever happened in childhood, there is still room for change, development and discovery."
19. A good epilogue that wraps everything nicely. "The fact that emotion guides reasoning overturns centuries of mistaken assumptions about our rationality and the way we face choices. That our emotional experience writes itself somehow in our bodies, in our neurons, to guide our instinct and intuition, and that we may have discovered where in the brain this inscription occurs is an irresistible notion. Equally, the discovery of the plasticity of the brain is of great relevance if we think of its meaning and importance in, for instance, overriding unwanted patterns of fear, or even honing our approach to love. There is endless wonder in the images of neuroscience. Yet they do not cover the entire breadth of an emotion."
20. Notes and references and a formal bibliography provided.

1. The book lacks depth, it's intended for the masses and Dr. Frazzetto clearly made the decision to go for clarity and accessibility over neuroscientific jargon.
2. Many topics of interest within neuroscience were not covered. As an example, are there gender differences in the brain?
3. Some North American readers may be put off by the use of British English. Words like learnt are used over learned, as an example.

In summary, I had fun with this book. It's light, entertaining and provides good information on what we know scientifically about our emotions. I also like very much that Dr. Frazzetto doesn't oversell neuroscience and recognizes the challenges involved. Accessible for the masses, I recommend it!

Further recommendations: "We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain, from the Womb to Alzheimer's" D.F. Swaab, "Human" by Michael S. Gazzaniga, "Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work" and "Switch" by Chip and Dan Heath "The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction" by Larry Young and Brian Alexander, "Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions" by Dan Ariely, "Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior" by Leonard Mlodinow, "The Science of Love" by Robin Dunbar, " by Martin E. P. Seligman, "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman, "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell, "The Believing Brain:" by Michael Shermer, and "The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human" by V.s. Ramachandran. All books reviewed by your truly.
There really isn't a way to quantify emotions, but we can understand some of the mechanisms at work in our brains. 28 avril 2015
Par Tennis Man - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Giovanni Frazzetto's journey into neuroscience led him full circle to find, experience and understand joy, guilt anger and love. He was a delightful guest on a recent episode of our tv show, Books du Jour. Watch him here: https://youtu.be/ZPgB86EF4ww
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Four Stars 4 août 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I read this because I had a keen interest in HOW emotions are made. This book delivered.
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