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Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions
PART I: CONCEPTUAL BACKGROUND 1. Affective neuroscience: history and major concepts 2. Emotional operating systems and subjectivity: methodological problems and a conceptual framework for the
Self-referential processing in our brain—A meta-analysis of imaging studies on the self
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It is concluded that self-referential processing in CMS constitutes the core of the authors' self and is critical for elaborating experiential feelings of self, uniting several distinct concepts evident in current neuroscience.
The role of nucleus accumbens dopamine in motivated behavior: a unifying interpretation with special reference to reward-seeking
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The present analysis suggests that NAS DA plays an important role in sensorimotor integrations that facilitate flexible approach responses, and offers the following interpretation for the finding that both conditioned and unconditioned aversive stimuli stimulate DA release in the NAS: NAS DA invigorates approach responses toward 'safety'.
The emotional sources of "chills" induced by music.
Music modifies moods and emotions by interacting with brain mechanisms that remain to be identified. One powerful emotional effect induced by music is a shivery, gooseflesh type of skin sensation
Affective consciousness: Core emotional feelings in animals and humans
  • J. Panksepp
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Consciousness and Cognition
  • 1 March 2005
TLDR
The claim is that a direct neuroscientific study of primary process emotional/affective states is best achieved through the study of the intrinsic ("instinctual"), albeit experientially refined, emotional action tendencies of other animals.
The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions
What makes us happy? What makes us sad? How do we come to feel a sense of enthusiasm? What fills us with lust, anger, fear, or tenderness? Traditional behavioral and cognitive neuroscience have yet
Ultrasonic vocalizations of rats (Rattus norvegicus) during mating, play, and aggression: Behavioral concomitants, relationship to reward, and self-administration of playback.
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Low frequency recordings of ultrasonic vocalizations made during mating, aggression, and both conspecific and heterospecific rough-and-tumble play behavior suggest that frequency modulated 50-kHz calls index a positively valenced, appetitive, social-emotional state in rats.
Brain Substrates of Infant–Mother Attachment: Contributions of Opioids, Oxytocin, and Norepinephrine
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It is proposed that these same neurochemical and neuroanatomical patterns will emerge as key substrates in the neurobiology of infant attachments to their caregivers.
The ontogeny of play in rats.
  • J. Panksepp
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Developmental psychobiology
  • 1 July 1981
TLDR
The data indicate that social play can be efficiently studied in the laboratory rat and, further, that one function of play may be to establish stable social relationships.
Cross-Species Affective Neuroscience Decoding of the Primal Affective Experiences of Humans and Related Animals
TLDR
Robust evidence indicates that raw primary-process emotional behaviors and feelings emanate from homologous brain functions in all mammals, which are regulated by higher brain regions, and suggest nested-hierarchies of BrainMind affective processing.
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