We are saddened to learn that neuroscientist, psychobiologist, and author Jaak Panksepp has died from cancer on April 18 at his home in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was 73. His groundbreaking research in neuroscience has been pivotal in the field of affective neuroscience, a field he helped create. He helped reveal the biological underpinnings of emotion and his theories opened new possibilities for the treatment of depression and other mental illness.
The following obituaries in The Washington Post and The Toledo Blade give more details to his life. His book The archaeology of mind: Neuroevolutionary origins of human emotions, published by W. W. Norton & Co. provides a foundation for contemporary affective neuroscience.
You can read a recent interview with Jaak Panksepp by clicking on the image below.