Remembering Jaak Panksepp (BS 134)

Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp spent much of his career toiling in relative obscurity, but when he died in April 2017 the Washington Post credited him with "revealing the emotional lives of animals." His book Affective Neuroscience essentially created a new field and he was a very popular guest on the Brain Science Podcast .

This month I want to honor Dr. Panksepp by re-airing the first interview I recorded with him back in 2010.

While newer theories about emotion disagree with Dr. Panksepp's conclusion that all mammals, including humans, share basic subcortical circuits that cause emotions, his appreciation for the affective lives of animals and the role of affect in consciousness will continue to influence research and thought.

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