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NMSU biopsychologist to discuss, sign new book

Victor Johnston, a biopsychologist at New Mexico State University, will give a short talk and answer questions about his new book on the development of human feelings at a Saturday, May 1, book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hastings Books, Music & Video.

In "Why We Feel: The Science of Human Emotions," Johnston explores human nature and the origin of human emotions. He draws on computer science, neurobiology and evolutionary psychology to demonstrate that emotions are the basis of learning and reasoning and they help humans adapt to a complex, rapidly changing environment.

According to Johnston, our senses are not an accurate representation of the world around us; they are illusions, shaped by millions of years of evolution.

David Buss, author of "The Evolution of Desire," called Johnston's book, "a superbly written book with new insights into human emotions and aesthetics. A must read for those interested in the complexities of the human mind."

"Why We Feel: The Science of Human Emotions" was written for a general science reader, Johnston said. Published by Perseus Press, the book sells for $26. Copies will be available at Hastings, which is located at 2350 E. Lohman Ave.

Johnston also will attend book signings in El Paso and Albuquerque this summer. For more information see http://www-psych.nmsu.edu/~vic/faceprints.

Rachel Kendall
April 26, 1999