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Positive Neuroscience


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Contributors Introducing Positive Neuroscience Joshua D. Greene and India Morrison Part I: Social Bonds 1. Affective and Social Touch India Morrison 2. The Neural Correlates of Individual Variation in Paternal Nurturance James K. Rilling and Jennifer Mascaro 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 Mitchell 5. Is Human Prosocial Behavior Unique?: Insights and New Questions from Non-Human Primates Lindsey Drayton and Laurie Santos 6. When Feeling and Doing Diverge: Neural and physiological correlates of the empathy-altruism divide 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. Towards a Neuroscience of Compassion: A brain systems-based model and research agenda Yoni K. Ashar, Jessica Andrews-Hanna, Tor D. Wager, and Sona Dimidjian 9. Extraordinary Altruism: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective Abigail Marsh Part III: Resilience and Creativity 10. Increasing Positive Emotion in Negative Contexts: Emotional Consequences, Neural Correlates, and Implications for Resilience Kateri McRae and Iris Mauss 11. Could Meditation Modulate the Neurobiology of Learning Not to Fear? Britta Hoelzel, Sara W. Lazar, and Mohammed Milad 12. The Role of Brain Connectivity in Musical Experience Psyche Loui 13. The Function of Positive Emotions in Exploration Hans Melo and Adam Anderson Index

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Joshua D. Greene, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, a member of the Center for Brain Science faculty, and the director of the Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard University. India Morrison, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linkoeping University, Sweden, and co-founder of the Group for Research in Affective Somatosensation and Pain (GRASP). Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD, is Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center and Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Penn Department of Psychology, and Director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP).


"The field of positive neuroscience is a relatively new one, and this volume brings together work in this field. The chapters themselves are readily accessible and will be of interest to a broad range of readers. This is likely to be an important volume that will spur the growth of this most interesting and important field." --Steven Maier, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder "This is a foundational reference source for the field of Positive Neuroscience, edited and written by those who conducted the seminal studies in the field. This is a must-have for any researcher interested in the neural mechanisms associated with positive psychology." --Turhan Canli, PhD, Professor of Integrative Neuroscience and Director of SCAN (Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience) Center, Stony Brook University "This is a terrific edited work. The editors and contributors are excellent, and the volume is well organized and covers the right topics. I think that this will be a benchmark in the field." --Stephen G. Post, PhD, Professor of Bioethics, Stony Brook University and author of Altruism & Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research (OUP 2007) "the research reported in this book is truly cutting edge." -- volume 61, issue 52 of PsycCRITIQUES

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