Over the last couple of decades, scientists have begun to understand some of the links between our brain’s biological make-up and our psychological experience. Advances in ways we scan, image and monitor the brain’s activities in real time have had a great impact on the neurological sciences. This has been particularly true of our understanding of the emotions. The title of this chapter is a straight steal from LeDoux’s 1998 landmark text, The Emotional Brain. As the subtitle of his book suggests, LeDoux explores ‘the mysterious underpinnings of emotional life’.
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