Jaak Panksepp

24 04 2017

Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 10.40.13 PMThis week saw the sad news of Jaak Panksepp’s death.

Although I didn’t always love his research (especially his work on affect, because he often didn’t clearly distinguish between conscious and unconscious emotion), his studies of play were great — erudite and useful; his work on the rewarding value of tickling for rats has started to influence some lab animal practices; and his heart was very definitely in the right place.