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Handbook of ValuePerspectives from Economics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology$
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Tobias Brosch and David Sander

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716600.001.0001

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Hedonic value

Hedonic value

(p.265) Chapter 13 Hedonic value
Handbook of Value

Dan-Mikael Ellingsen

Siri Leknes

Morten Kringelbach

Oxford University Press

The hedonic processing of pleasure, pain, and displeasure is essential to survival and as such motivates behavior and strongly influences decision-making. Research has shown that the underlying mechanisms of wanting, liking, and learning form partly separable neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological systems in the brain, which are shared among many mammalian species. This chapter provides an overview of the brain circuitry involved in hedonic (dis)liking, wanting, and learning of rewards and punishments. It discusses the influence of physiology and homeostasis, motivational state, and contextual meaning in shaping the subjective utility of stimuli, and consequently hedonic value and the subjective hedonic experience.

Keywords:   pleasure, displeasure, pain, hedonic, placebo, homeostasis, reward, punishment, expectation, context

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