Was love invented by European poets in the Middle Ages or is it part of human nature? Will winning the lottery really make you happy? Is it possible to build robots that have feelings? Emotion: A VeryShort Introduction explores the latest thinking about emotions, drawing on a wide range of scientific research, from anthropology and psychology to neuroscience and artificial intelligence. It discusses the evolution of emotions and their biological basis, the science of happiness, and the role that emotions play in memory and decision-making. This new edition has been updated to incorporate new developments in our understanding of emotions, including the neural basis of empathy and the emotional impact of films.