Affective Neuroscience (2)

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Sevcenco 1 Affective Neuroscience The thought of leaving one’s home to go and live your life is a difficult concept for any young person to comprehend. It is especially difficult to go from one set of community standards to another. In my case I have gone from one country to another and to pin point more I have come from a community with different standards to another such as Bethel. This was a very difficult transition in way of understanding how my fellow students handle their emotions and behaviors. While taking this course I have started to realize how different people live their life and how they manage relationships, social behaviors, and every day life in general. To be more specific I have noticed a lot of what I have been seeing while reading the book Affective Neuroscience. The author of this book, Jaak Panksepp, has done a good job at effectively describing the foundations of human and animal emotions. Panksepp, J. (1988). Affective neuroscience: The foundations of human and animal emotions. The book was published by Oxford University Press in New York. There are 480 pages, ISBN 0-19- 509673-8, edited by Richard J. Davidson, Paul Ekman, Klaus Scherer, William F. Flack, James D. Laird. While researching the background of Jaak Panksepp I was surprised to find out that we share the same birthday, June 5 th . The year is of course significantly different in that fact that he was born in 1943 where I was born in 1988. During the years between his birth and mine he earned his B.S. in Psychology in 1965 at the University of Pittsburg in Pennsylvania. His M.S. was earned in 1967 and in 1969 his Ph D. was earned in Physiological Psychology at the University of Massachusetts. For his thesis he focused on electrical stimulations. The relevant experiences show that the 1
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Sevcenco 2 qualifications for the author to write this book are many. He is the author of some 200 scientific articles and has co- edited several books. His achievements have been recognized through the many awards and grants he has received most recently being the Distinguished Research Professor at the Bowling Green State University. As being a simple student taking for the first time the psychology class I would say that this book is really hard to read and understand. In general it is a very informative book and the text is very rich as it covers a lot of themes. Throughout the text, Panksepp makes the point that we will never understand the psychology of emotion without addressing it from a neuropsychological perspective. Moreover, to comprehend the complexities of the neuropsychology, he proposes that it is essential to incorporate a comparative animal-based approach. This is
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