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How emotions are made with Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett

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This episode is on emotions and how recent research has changed how we view these feelings that influence our lives.

Do we all feel the same emotions? Is there a physiological fingerprint that emotions share? What are the implications for our understanding of our emotions on how we structure societies and our laws? These are some of the questions we cover.

In this episode, we talk to Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett about her book 'How emotions are made'. Lisa’s ongoing work on emotions has resulted in a radical, new theory of how the brain creates emotions, changing our view of human nature itself.

Her work indicates that have more control over how we feel and react than we might have previously thought. Because we don’t experience our emotions, but actively construct them, we have a greater responsibility for orchestrating how we feel and act. It’s quite an empowering thought.

Lisa 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 more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers in top scientific journals on emotion, psychology, and neuroscience, and her writings have been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, and she’s even appeared in appeared on the show Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.

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

I hope you enjoy our conversation! The book is a must-read as well.

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