Of interest to our readers will be the recent Shrink Rap Radio podcast interview with Dr Jaak Panksepp. As usual Dr David Van Nuys does a stellar job interviewing a most fascinating and very important character in the world of neuroscience and psychology. Many of you will be aware of the work of Dr Panksepp, but for those of you who don’t, you are about to enter the amazing world of chirping rats, the importance of play, and the science of highly targeted pharmacology.

You can download the MP3 of the interview here or search for ‘Shrink Rap Radio’ on iTunes and subscribe to the podcast – it is a wealth of great interviews.

Here’s a little about Jaak from the Shrink Rap Radio website…

Dr. Jaak Panksepp is Baily Endowed Professor of Animal Well-Being Science at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, and founder of the field of Affective Neuroscience. Along with many students and colleagues, he has published over 400 scientific articles, chapters and reviews devoted to elucidating the basic mechanisms of motivations and emotions as well as the fundamental nature of consciousness and self-representation in the brain. Along with psychoanalyst, Lucy Biven he is the author of the 2012 book The Archeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions, as well as earlier books including Affective Neuroscience: the Foundation of Human and Animal Emotions (Oxford, 1998), editor of a Textbook of Biological Psychiatry (Wiley, 2004) and seven other books.

His current research is devoted to the analysis of emotional behaviors and their relations to models of psychiatric disorders. His main research interest is unraveling the nature of primary-process emotions in the mammalian brain— SEEKING, FEAR, RAGE, LUST, CARE, PANIC and PLAY—and seeking linkages to new clinical insights. His work led to a new treatment of autistic children and current work is devoted to non-pharmacological therapies for ADHD and depression. Novel anti-depressants and anti-suicide agents are currently being clinically evaluated.

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