Affective Effects in the Regulation of Behavior: Affective Sciences



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The purpose of the course is to discuss the broad spectrum and neuroscientific background of affective phenomena of vital importance in human interactions from the perspective of the „affective revolution” which has recently taken place. The lectures bring into focus the debatable problems, beyond the studies and facts concerning affective phenomena. The detailed discussion of the debated questions will take place in seminars, connected with the themes of the PhD students.

This approach makes it possible for the participants to recognize and to consider the affective connections of their own research.

Requirements of the course: an oral or written presentation of the most recent literature on the affective problems related to the research of the doctoral student, and the discussion of this presentation within the course. The students can make good use of the results of the exchange of experiences in the practice of their PhD research.

  • Beauregard, M. (2007) Mind does really matter: Evidence from neuroimaging studies of emotional self-regulation, psychotherapy, and placebo effect. Progress in Neurobiology 81/4. 218-236.
  • Davidson, R. J.; Scherer, K. R.; Goldsmith, H. H. (eds.) (2003) Handbook of affective sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Eisenberger, N.I., Taylor, S.E., Gable, S.L., Hilmert, C.J., Lieberman, M.D. (2007) Neural pathways link social support to attenuated neuroendocrine stress responses. NeuroImage 35/4.1601-1612.
  • Panksepp, J. (1998) Affective neuroscience: The foundations of human and animal emotions. Oxford University Press
  • Schore, A. N. (1994) Affect regulation and the origin of the self. The neurobiology of emotional development. Hillsdale: Erlbaum.