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Neurodynamics of Personality - Jim Grigsby

Neurodynamics of Personality

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How is each individual's unique personality formed? What is it about personality that can change, and why is change often so slow? Promising approaches to these perennial questions are suggested by the explosion of recent research in neuroscience and brain functioning. This timely volume presents a coherent, empirically based, and clinically useful framework for understanding personality. Jim Grigsby and David Stevens illuminate links between the organization of the brain and the unfolding of personality, and show how different aspects of personality are mediated by the brain's nonconscious learning and memory systems. Providing new insights for clinicians, students, and researchers, this book builds a critical bridge between existing psychological theories of personality and emerging knowledge in clinical neuroscience.

'An engaging, highly readable introduction to some of the fundamental issues involved in applying research and thinking in the cognitive neurosciences to the clinical understanding of personality.' - Drew Westen; 'The inclusion of... complex topics should not deter the general mental health professional from reading this fascinating book. Readers who are interested in personality development or neuroscience will find that Neurodynamics of Personality provides an informative overview as well as a thought-provoking synthesis.' - Psychiatric Services; 'This book portrays a coherent view of personality that makes impressive use of contemporary knowledge from the cognitive neurosciences as well as the authors' clinical experiences in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Clinicians will have an adventurous read and are likely to find useful connections with their work.' - Robert N. Emde; 'A valuable contribution, especially for those psychiatrists who wish to gain a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the neurobiological functioning of the mind and are interested in the development of a scientific foundation for psychiatry.' - American Journal of Psychiatry; 'Faculty who teach courses in the psychology of personality are sure to find meaningful ways to integrate this amazing study into their courses. Highly recommended for researchers/faculty and for clinicians.' - Choice

Introductionp. 1
Overviewp. 13
Natural Selection and Adaptationp. 25
Learning and Synaptic Plasticityp. 39
Modularity of Brain and Psychological Functioningp. 54
Modularity of Memoryp. 83
Dynamicsp. 104
Neurodynamics: Neurons and Neural Networksp. 131
Normal and Pathological Dynamicsp. 146
The Physiological State and the Biology of Emotion and Motivationp. 164
The Dynamics of Temperamentp. 189
Monkey Business: On the Nature of Cognition in Nonhuman Primatesp. 203
Conscious and Nonconscious Functioningp. 222
Modularity, Dynamics, and Functional Systemsp. 263
Regulation of Behaviorp. 279
Development, Stability, and Change of Characterp. 305
Biology of the Selfp. 327
General Principles of Changep. 355
Referencesp. 377
Indexp. 421
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ISBN: 9781572307476
ISBN-10: 1572307471
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 1st February 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63