Two major neuroscience books to Pan Macmillan

24 May 2016

By Pan Macmillan

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of two major titles about the science of the mind. 

How Your Emotions Are Made: The New Science of the Mind by Lisa Feldman Barrett (Spring 2017)
Emotions feel automatic to us; that’s why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. This paradigm shift has far-reaching implications not only for psychology but also medicine, the legal system, airport security, child-rearing, and even meditation. 
Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain, and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, emotion is constructed in the moment by core systems interacting across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. 
Are emotions more than automatic reactions? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Your Emotions Are Made reveals the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Psychiatry and Radiology. She received a NIH Director's Pioneer Award for her research on emotion in the brain.
UK, Comm rights were acquired from Brockman Inc. How Your Emotions Are Made will be published 1st March 2017.
Mapping in the Mind: The neuroscience of navigation and the art of finding our way home (Spring 2019)
In the age of GPS, in which we are relying on technology more and more to carry out deep-seated functions to navigate the world, neuroscientists are suggesting that not only are we becoming lazy, but we are putting ourselves at serious health risk. Like any talent or muscle, the neurons that were formed as we transitioned from Neanderthal man to homo sapiens by learning to map the world, atrophy without use, leading to mental decay.
Reporting from the cutting edge of today’s neuroscience, Michael Bond, a previous winner of the British Psychology Science Prize, goes in search of the answers to what impact technology is having on our brain, and the possibility that the same neurological pathways that allow us to navigate the world can be fired up in the pursuit of cures to brain wasting diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Michael Bond, who won the British Psychology Society Prize 2015 for The Power of Others, is a freelance journalist and former editor and reporter at New Scientist, who specialises in psychology and human behaviour, and particularly social behaviour and how people interact with their environments. 

World Rights were acquired from Bill Hamilton at AM Heath. Mapping in the Mind will be published in 2018.

Non-fiction Publisher Robin Harvie, who acquired both titles, says:

'Today’s neuroscientists are at the cutting edge of psychology research, on a par with the Genome project at the turn of the millennium. These two books are hugely exciting and important and I am absolutely thrilled that Macmillan is joining forces with such outstanding writers like Michael Bond and Lisa Feldman Barrett in the pursuit of understanding of human psychology.'