Discover Interview: Jaak Panksepp Pinned Down Humanity’s 7 Primal Emotions | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine

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He tickled rats and showed that making them laugh is serious business. Panksepp has charted seven networks of emotion in the brain: SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, PANIC/GRIEF, and PLAY. He spells them in all caps because they are so fundamental, he says, that they have similar functions across species, from people to cats to, yes, rats. 

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