Chapter 9: Emotion and Affective Neuroscience

By Eddie Harmon-Jones and Cindy Harmon-Jones

This chapter was adapted from:

Harmon-Jones, E. & Harmon-Jones, C. (2023). Affective neuroscience. In R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF publishers. Retrieved from License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 DEED

This chapter provides a brief overview of the neuroscience of emotion. It integrates findings from human and animal research and describes the brain networks and associated neurotransmitters involved in basic affective systems.


Learning Objectives

  • Define affective neuroscience.
  • Describe neuroscience techniques used to study emotions in humans and animals.
  • Name five emotional systems and their associated neural structures and neurotransmitters.
  • Give examples of exogenous chemicals (e.g., drugs) that influence affective systems and discuss their effects.
  • Discuss multiple affective functions of the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens.
  • Name several specific human emotions and discuss their relationship to the affective systems of nonhuman animals.



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