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Why Humans Like to Cry: Tragedy, Evolution, and the Brain

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Human beings are the only species who cry for emotional reasons. We weep at tragedies both in our own lives and in the lives of others--remarkably, we even cry over fictional characters in film, opera, novels, and theatre. But why is weeping unique to humanity? What is different about the structure of our brains that sets us apart from all other animals? When on our evolut ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Oxford University Press (first published October 25th 2012)
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Violeta
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not really what I expected. Even if it does have some interesting notions and describes the process and offers some explanations from the physiologic process of crying, I do not think that they focus a lot on the title or what the title says it will be developped in the book.

It is a nice and fast read if you only want to know in a very very general way something about a part of the brain structure and how emotions are formed.
Katherine Kinney
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Trimble is a neuro-psychiatrist and draws from a broad range of psychological and evolutionary research to explain how and why crying at Tragedy can express feelings of both loss and pleasure. He identifies emotional crying (in sorrow, not pain) as peculiarly human, an act that is deeply tied to the human capacity for empathy. He explains the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of crying in detail that is challenging if, like me, you are not a scientist, but also comprehensible. Emotions and art ar ...more
Kristell Karlsson
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was quite good 😊 veldig fordel om du kan litt hjerneanatomi, men de har også en gloss og index på baksiden. Noen kule teorier og emner, helt okei for å få litt info, men ville ikke lest dem igjen.
André Silva
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Just published a review for this book in Evolutionary Psychology, a scientific journal. Follow the link, and please comment what you think of it: http://www.epjournal.net/articles/we-... ...more
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