Elaine Fox is currently a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and Director of the Affective Neuroscience labouratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, where she leads a program of research combining cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and genetics. She has been Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex and an associate editor of leading scientific journals including Emotion/i and Cognition & Emotion. Her work has been discussed in Nature, Science, New Scientist, The Economist, and the New York Times. A Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science (APS), she divides her time between Wivenhoe and Oxford in England.
Michael J. Fox "Every day I send my kids out the door to school with this admonition, 'you can choose to be happy.' More often than not, they roll their eyes, but in Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain Elaine Fox (no relation) offers a scientific argument for my contention. After much research, and in comprehensive, but comprehensible detail, Professor Fox provides a mental map to the sunny side of the street. For optimists and pessimists alike, this fascinating book is a must read." Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self "Every experience you have, from the most trivial to the most significant, alters the brain. Elaine Fox offers scientifically based advice about how to make the most of this, how to be in charge of changing your brain for the better." Publishers Weekly "Drawing on a host of studies in neurobiology and genetics, as well as evolutionary and behavioral psychology, Fox explores the struggle between the parts of the brain associated with fear and pessimism and those associated with pleasure and optimism... Fox introduces readers to many new concepts from experimental psychology and recent research on neuroplasticity and neurogenesis... [A] welcome, if intellectually demanding, introduction to a key area of brain research."