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Tragedy, evolution, and the brain.

Author: Michael Trimble
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Human beings are the only species to have evolved the trait of emotional crying. We even create music, fiction, film, and theatre to encourage crying. Michael Trimble looks at the physiology and evolution of this unique human behaviour, exploring its links with language, consciousness, empathy, and religious practices.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Trimble
ISBN: 9780199693184 0199693188
OCLC Number: 879332930
Description: viii, 232 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface ; 1. The Birth of Tragedy ; 2. Crying ; 3. The Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Crying ; 4. Tragedy and Tears ; 5. Tearful Logic ; 6. Why Do We Get Pleasure Crying at the Theatre? ; Appendix 1: Neuroanatomy ; Appendix 2: Glossary

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Trimble ambitiously cracks the surface of a complex human process. Scientific American This is a stimulating adventurous book. Daily Telegraph Trimble earned my respect for his erudition and ambition Read more...

 
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