Readership: The topic of emotional crying is an area that is growing in interest among brain researchers. This book should be of interest to those fascinated by human emotional development, and more generally by how the arts might have evolved in the human lineage.
Michael Trimble, Emeritus Professor of Behavioural Neurology, Institute of Neurology, London
Professor Trimble is emeritus professor of Behavioural Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London. His research for many years has been on the behavioural consequences of neurological disorders, especially epilepsy and movement disorders. He has a lifelong research interest in neuroanatomy, hence his ability to explore the neuroanatomical basis of crying. However, he is also a psychiatrist with much clinical experience of mood disorders, and had investigated the latter in patients using neurological techniques, such as brain imaging. He is the author of The Soul in the Brain (Johns Hopkins,
"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 ... an engaging storyteller." - Randolph Cornelius, New Scientist
"Fascinating volume ... an insightful account ... offers a profound glimpse into the human heart as well as deep insight into the role of art in our lives." - Guardian
1: The Birth of Tragedy
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