Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Dynamic brain systems in quest for emotional homeostasis

Jack van Honk a1 and J. L. G. Schutter a1
a1 Affective Neuroscience Section, Department of Psychonomics, Helmholtz Research Institute, Utrecht University, 3584CS Utrecht, The Netherlands


Lewis proposes a solution for bridging the gap between cognitive-psychological and neurobiological theories of emotion in terms of dynamic systems modeling. However, an important brain network is absent in his account: the neuroendocrine system. In this commentary, the dynamic features of the cross-talk between the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) and gonadal (HPG) axes are discussed within a triple-balance model of emotion.