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You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

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You aren't at the mercy of your emotions -- your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

Can you look at someone's face and know what they're feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are. She shares the results of her exhaustive research -- and explains how we may have more control over our emotions than we think.

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The Three Big Myths About Emotions, Gender and Brains | Lisa Feldman Barrett

Many of our most basic beliefs about emotion are myths. Neuroscientist, psychologist, and author Lisa Feldman Barrett explains why our facial expressions can be misleading and how gender bias plays a crucial role in misunderstanding people. Women aren't more emotional than men. And this is the science that proves it.

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Cultivating Wisdom: The Power Of Mood | Lisa Feldman Barrett | TEDxCambridge

Do you believe that what you see influences how you feel? Actually, the opposite is true: What you feel — your affect — influences what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett shares the groundbreaking discovery that you experience the world through affect-colored glasses. She also reveals how affect can be a source of wisdom that helps you to make better, wiser choices. Learn more at Lisa Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with positions in psychiatry and radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed research papers in top journals on emotion, psychology, and neuroscience. Her research teams span the globe, studying people in the West, the East, and remote parts of Africa. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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Lisa Feldman Barrett – Emotions: Facts vs. Fictions

In this talk, we’ll explore a series of experiments about emotion whose conclusions seem to defy common sense. We’ll learn that common sense is wrong, and has been for 2000 years. In the process, we’ll dispel four of the most widespread fictions about emotions that lurk in classrooms, boardrooms and bedrooms around the world. We’ll then explore a radically new scientific understanding of what emotions are and how they work.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University
March 28, 2019

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Lisa Feldman Barrett, How Emotions Are Made



Until recently, emotions were considered mere physical reflexes to experience. But research is gradually revealing that feelings are in fact complex responses to stimuli. Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, who has appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Psychiatry and Radiology, is one of the leading experts in this new science of emotions. Her book outlines the developing theory of emotion as behavior constructed in the moment it occurs by the activation of diverse sectors of the brain, in tandem with prior learning. This is a major paradigm shift, Barrett shows, and she describes the practical ramifications not only for psychology, but for parenting, law enforcement, health care, national security, and much else.

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Lisa Feldman Barrett: How the Brain Creates Emotions | MIT Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

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Cartoon Science (How Emotions are Made)

Neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of the book How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, explains the classical view of emotion.

Lisa Feldman Barrett: Emotion inside out

Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett,
Northeastern University and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA gave her lecture entitled Emotion inside out: From cartoon neuroscience to the predictive brain March 13 2018. Among many things, she has gained a lot of attention with her recently published book How emotions are made: The secret life of the brain (2017).

Lisa Feldman Barrett - How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to the book How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, Dr. Barrett has published over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers appearing in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and other top journals in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as six academic volumes published by Guilford Press. She has also given a popular TED talk.

Dr. Barrett received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for her revolutionary research on emotion in the brain. These highly competitive, multimillion dollar awards are given to scientists of exceptional creativity who are expected to transform biomedical and behavioral research.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Barrett has testified before Congress, presented her research to the FBI, consulted to the National Cancer Institute, appeared on Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and The Today Show with Maria Shriver, and been a featured guest on public television and worldwide radio programs. She is also an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.

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YOUR EMOTIONS ARE NOT REAL

Are you too emotional? In most cases, you are not your emotions, they are something that you have learned. The good news is that if you learned them, you can unlearn them.

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Are our emotions universal? | Robert Wright & Lisa Feldman Barrett [The Wright Show]

00:38 Lisa’s new book How Emotions are Made
14:11 Can we truly feel an emotion before we can name it?
31:06 Is it true that the !Kung people feel no fear?’
41:42 Fear in the body, the brain, and in concept
49:46 Do animals have emotions as we know them?
59:09 Lisa’s advice for young scientists: Keep it empirical

Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Lisa Feldman Barrett (How Emotions are Made, lisafeldmanbarrett.com)

Recorded on August 22, 2017

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Lisa Feldman Barrett on the fact and fiction of emotion at Sound Education 2018

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SHOW INTRODUCTION:
If you’ve ever wondered how emotions work, and what it means for all of us, then do we have the how emotions are made show for you.

Today I’ll be talking with Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, an NIH award winning researcher and a university distinguished professor of psychology at Northeastern University about her new book, How Emotions are Made.

And that’s just what I want to talk with her about, about the secret life of the brain and what in the world it means for us.

That plus we’ll talk about Rowdy the dog, chimps and bonobos, right and left dog-tail wagging, eating baby bees, infant baby expressions, mistaking the flu for the love, and what in the word, fuzzy cheese pizza vomit and edible baby-poo have to do with anything!

MORE ON DR. LISA FELDMAN BARRETT:

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to the book How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, Dr. Barrett has published over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers appearing in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and other top journals in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as six academic volumes published by Guilford Press.

Dr. Barrett received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for her revolutionary research on emotion in the brain. These highly competitive, multimillion dollar awards are given to scientists of exceptional creativity who are expected to transform biomedical and behavioral research.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Barrett has testified before Congress, presented her research to the FBI, consulted to the National Cancer Institute, appeared on Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and been a featured guest on public television and worldwide radio programs. She is also an elected fellow of Canada’s most prestigious national organization of scholars, the Royal Society of Canada (analogous to the National Academy in the United States).


Key Topics:
What do 8 “failures” at the University of Waterloo have to do with anything
Why is anxiety and depression so confusing to people
Can people really recognize their emotional states?
Are there only a handful of emotional states?
Are emotional states hardwired into the brain at birth
Do people worldwide all have the same emotions
Is there a biological finger print for different emotional states
How is the brain creating emotion on the fly
Why is what we’ve learned about emotions so important in experiencing emotions
What do social constructs have to do with our emotions
What is the wiring in infant brains
How do our brains wire themselves to mirror the social and physical environment they grow up it
Why the big innovation of brains is not cognition but is brain plasticity
How is the brain guessing what’s going to happen next, and how does it make sense of these sensations
What do the sensations of attraction and the flu have to do with one another?
Why our confidence to read people can get us in real trouble
Why are women more likely to die from heart disease than men
What does emotional stereotyping have to do with women
Why is there a glass ceiling for women in their career, and what’s the difference between female expressiveness and male expressiveness
How does this emotional bias play out in elections with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?
What’s the danger or false perception of an amygdala response?
Why the amygdala is not really the home of fear, emotion, or irrationality, and what understanding this really means for us.
What does the limbic system really mean?
What in the world is the political flu and what does it have to do with our emotions?
How can we protect our emotional state?
What it means to titrate our exposure to negativity?
What’s the importance of mindfulness?
How is gratitude an antidote to acrimony?
Where does compassion fit into things?
What to do when your brain is mobilizing the body to do something
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Making Emotion (How Emotions are Made)

Neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of the book How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, shows how the brain constructs an instance of emotion.

Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett: Can Machines Perceive Emotion? | Talks at Google

Many tech companies are trying to build machines that detect people's emotions, using techniques from artificial intelligence. Some companies claim to have succeeded already. Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett evaluates these claims against the latest scientific evidence on emotion. What does it mean to detect emotion in a human face? How often do smiles express happiness and scowls express anger? And what are emotions, scientifically speaking?

Lisa Feldman Barrett (lisafeldmanbarrett.com) has been studying emotion for over 25 years and is the author of How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain. She is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with research positions in psychiatry and radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Barrett has published over 200 peer-reviewed research papers in top journals on emotion, psychology, and neuroscience.

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Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?

Simple, easy-to-understand whiteboard animation to help early Elementary-aged children gain an understanding of the way their brains work to recognize and manage their emotions. This is intended as a beginning resource to help children, parents, educators, and those who work with children to encourage mindfulness, empathy, and emotional regulation.

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