How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lisa Feldman Barrett
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Genres: Science & Technology, Psychology
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2018
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind.

Emotions feel automatic to us; that's why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. This paradigm shift has far-reaching implications not only for psychology but also medicine, the legal system, airport security, child-rearing, and even meditation.

Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain, and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, emotion is constructed in the moment by core systems interacting across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning.

Are emotions more than automatic reactions? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Emotions Are Made reveals the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain.

Reviews (2)

Written by Elaine N. on June 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Essential reading for every human. There is so much in this world that we don't understand.

Written by Emily L on November 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very exciting theory, useful and thought provoking information that stands to benefit anyone who is a human being

Author Details

Author Details

Barrett, Lisa Feldman

LISA FELDMAN BARRETT, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Psychiatry and Radiology. She received a NIH Director's Pioneer Award for her research on emotion in the brain. She lives in Boston.