Anhedonia: A Comprehensive Handbook Volume I

Conceptual Issues And Neurobiological Advances

  • Michael S. Ritsner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Conceptual Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stewart A. Shankman, Andrea C. Katz, Alison A. DeLizza, Casey Sarapas, Stephanie M. Gorka, Miranda L. Campbell
      Pages 3-22
    3. Rebecca K. MacAulay, Jessica E. McGovern, Alex S. Cohen
      Pages 23-49
    4. Bruno Jacson Martynhak, Roberto Andreatini
      Pages 51-63
    5. Zinoviy Gutkovich
      Pages 65-80
    6. Jérôme Favrod, Shyhrete Rexhaj, Alexandra Nguyen, Charly Cungi, Charles Bonsack
      Pages 95-104
  3. Neurobiological Advances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Kenneth Blum, Marlene Oscar-Berman, Eliot L. Gardner, Thomas Simpatico, Eric R. Braverman, Mark S. Gold
      Pages 179-208
    3. George T. Taylor, Omar Cabrera, Jessica Hoffman
      Pages 209-243
    4. Aida Mallorquí, Gonçalo Padrao, Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells
      Pages 245-278
    5. Junichi Kitanaka, Nobue Kitanaka, F. Scott Hall, George R. Uhl, Motohiko Takemura
      Pages 279-308
    6. Adrian Preda
      Pages 331-341
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 343-352

About this book


This is the first comprehensive two-volume collection on anhedonia, a disorder  that played an important role in psychopathology theories at the beginning of the twentieth century. Anhedonia is a condition in which the capacity of pleasure is partially or completely lost, and it refers to both a personality trait, and a “state symptom” in various neuropsychiatric and physical disorders. It has a putative neural substrate, originating in the dopaminergic mesolimbic and mesocortical reward circuit. Over the past three decades cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience have expanded our understanding of anhedonia and other reward-related processes. The aim of this new two-volume collection on anhedonia is to highlight the contributions of eminent scientists in this field as well as to provide readers with comprehensive accounts of recent developments as perceived by the authors. This monograph is divided into five parts. Volume I contains parts one and two  (Conceptual Issues and Neurobiological Advances) including 14 chapters that serve as an introduction and overview of conceptual issues. Volume II contains three parts (Anhedonia in Psychotic Disorders, Anhedonia in Mood and Personality Disorders, and Anhedonia in Neurological and Physical Disorders) including 15 chapters that provide an overview of the construct, measurement of  anhedonia in schizophrenia spectrum disorders, hedonic capacity and related factors in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, anhedonia as an indicator of genetic liability for schizophrenia, and as a trait marker for depression, the role of an anhedonia in trauma-related disorders, anorexia nervosa, stress-induced eating disorders, schizotypal traits and risk of suicide. This book will be of interest to a broad spectrum of readers including psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, neuroscientists, endocrinologists, pharmacologists, general practitioners, geriatricians, graduate students, and health care providers in the fields of mental health.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael S. Ritsner
    • 1
  1. 1.Haifa & Sha'ar Menashe Mental Health CenterIsrael Institute of TechnologyHaderaIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8590-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8591-4
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