The neurobiology of positive emotions.

  title={The neurobiology of positive emotions.},
  author={Jeffrey S. Burgdorf and Jaak Panksepp},
  journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews},
  volume={30 2},
Compared to the study of negative emotions such as fear, the neurobiology of positive emotional processes and the associated positive affect (PA) states has only recently received scientific attention. Biological theories conceptualize PA as being related to (i) signals indicating that bodies are returning to equilibrium among those studying homeostasis, (ii) utility estimation among those favoring neuroeconomic views, and (iii) approach and other instinctual behaviors among those cultivating… CONTINUE READING
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