Pleasures of the brain

OUP 2009, 352 pages; 150 full colour illus.; 6 1/8 X 9 1/4 ISBN13: 978-0-19-533102-8 ISBN10: 0-19-533102-8 Price: $110 On

Pleasure is fundamental to well-being and the quality of life, but until recently, was barely explored by science. Current research on pleasure has brought about ground-breaking developments on several fronts, and new data on pleasure and the brain have begun to converge from many disparate fields. The time is ripe to present these important findings in a single volume, and so Morten Kringelbach and Kent Berridge have brought together the leading researchers to provides a comprehensive review of our current scientific understanding of pleasure. The authors present their latest neuroscientific research into pleasure, describing studies on the brain’s role in pleasure and reward in animals and humans, including brain mechanisms, neuroimaging data, and psychological analyses, as well as how their findings have been applied to clinical problems, such as depression and other disorders of hedonic well-being. To clarify the differences between their views, the researchers also provide short answers to a set of fundamental questions about pleasure and its relation to the brain. This book is intended to serve as both a starting point for readers new to the field, and as a reference for more experienced graduate students and scientists from fields such as neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery.

“This book provides an intriguing journey through the mechanisms of pleasure in the brain. It not only shows what has been done in a concise and current manner, but also reveals the infinite potential of this field from bench science to clinical applications. If the quality of this book is any indication of the future of the field, it has an impressive beginning.”
–Doody’s Book Reviews

“…a reference book for anyone working as a neuroscientist, psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, or neurosurgeon, pester your library to buy a copy…”
-British Neuroscience Association Bulletin

About the authors

Professor Morten L. Kringelbach, DPhil, is the Director of the Hedonia: Trygfonden Research Group based at Universities of Oxford, UK, and Aarhus, Denmark.

Kent C. Berridge, PhD, is Professor in the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program at the University of Michigan.