Darwin's Other Masterpiece
Little-known fact: The naturalist also launched the science of emotions.
In the 1970s, when Richard Davidson was a graduate student, the study of feelings had been out of fashion for decades. Behaviorism, which dominated brain science in the 20th century, deemed emotions too subjective and squishy for proper scientific inquiry. But in that decade, new techniques and tools—and a new outlook—inspired young scientists like Davidson to rethink this prejudice. A long-forgotten work by Charles Darwin, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, published...
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