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The Emotional Life of Your Brain

Richard Davidson’s New York Times bestselling book
Emotional Life of Your Brain bookcover

The Emotional Life of Your Brain presents a new model for understanding our emotions – their origins, their power and their malleability. Co-authored with well-known science writer and editor Sharon Begley, the book outlines six basic emotional styles, each based on neuroscientific evidence, that define our personality: resilience, outlook, social intuition, self-awareness, sensitivity to context and attention. It also illuminates the brain's ability to change and how simple strategies can help people shift along the continuum of each style.

The book is a New York Times bestseller that has been reviewed by Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post and other national media outlets.

Richard Davidson, Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, hopes readers come away with the understanding that they are the true architects of their emotional style. Echoed in the mission and research of the Center here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the book reinforces that positive qualities of mind – compassion, happiness and attention – are within our mental grasp and inherent skills that we all can learn.

Read the review blurbs and publisher’s official press release.

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To discover your emotional style, visit our brief Emotional Styles Questionnaire. These quick questions will help you gain a better understanding of your unique emotional style.

Publisher Information

For media inquiries or to request a copy of the book, please contact:
Courtney Nobile
(212) 366-2230