Joseph LeDoux

The Emotional Brain The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life Publication date : May 25, 2005

Joseph LeDoux’s Emotional Brain, a now-classic study of the neural underpinnings of emotional life, and particularly of fear, is now available in a French translation.
How does the brain learn and store information about new dangers? How are the neural pathways of fear that flow through the amygdala created? What are the cellular mechanisms that underlie the process of fear learning? Does the same basic system apply to the emotions? What are the mechanisms through which conscious emotional feelings, as opposed to behavioural or automatic responses, come about?
This book describes the “reptilian” or emotional brain, one of the three human brains according to Joseph LeDoux. It analyses the mechanisms and malfunctions in the processing of fear that underlie the anxiety disorders, which are so prevalent in modern society.

Joseph LeDoux is a professor at the Center for Neural Science, New York University. He is regarded as one of the world’s foremost specialists in the neurosciences. He is the author of The Synaptic Self, published in French as Neurobiologie de la personnalité by Editions Odile Jacob.