Jaak Panksepp

Bailey Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science and Professor of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University.

Jaak Panksepp

Title: “The Neuroscientific Case for Homologous Primal Emotional Feelings in All Mammals: With a Focus on Psychiatric Implications.”
Abstract: The subjective emotional experiences of other animals can be fathomed with affective neuroscience approaches. Abundant evidence affirms that all vertebrates are sentient creatures. Substantive neuroscientific understanding of seven primal emotions has been achieved—namely SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, PANIC and PLAY. This knowledge illuminates the foundations of consciousness, and suggests novel treatments for psychiatric disorders. Three new treatments for depression will be summarized.

Bio: Jaak Panksepp holds the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University. Pullman, WA. Panksepp’s scientific contributions include more than 400 papers devoted to the study of basic emotional and motivational processes of the mammalian brain, including work on energy-balance regulation and sleep physiology. The work has been summarized in Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (Oxford, 1998); psychiatric implications in Textbook for Biological Psychiatry (Wiley, 2004); and a semi-popular rendition in Archaeology of Mind (Norton, 2012).

Animal Consciousness: Evidence and Implications

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