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How Emotions Are Made

The Secret Life of the Brain

By Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD
13-minute read
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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain  by Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD

How Emotions Are Made (2017) challenges everything you think you know about emotions. From learning how our brain registers anger, fear and joy to how we think about these emotions culturally, you’ll come away with a new understanding of the ways in which emotions are created and how their scope is determined by society at large.

This is a Blinkist staff pick

“These blinks were a great introduction to an alternative, and quite complex, theory on the meaning and making of human emotions. The way Barrett explains the influence of our personal experience and our culture in the creation of our emotions is particularly thought-provoking.”

– Clare, English Production Manager at Blinkist

  • People interested in psychology and neuroscience
  • Those who want to better understand and control their emotions
  • Students of cultural studies and languages

Lisa Feldman Barrett is University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. She had also holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Barrett received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for her research on emotions in the brain and has published over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers that have appeared in Science, Nature, Neuroscience and other top psychology and cognitive neuroscience journals.

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