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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain


How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

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Length:
14 hours
Released:
Mar 7, 2017
ISBN:
9781469292076
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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.

Released:
Mar 7, 2017
ISBN:
9781469292076
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

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About the author

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 is the author of How Emotions Are Made and received a NIH Director's Pioneer Award for her research on emotion in the brain. She lives in Boston.


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  • Emotions often seem to defy science — they are thought of as primal responses, not accurately conveyed purely through words. Neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett rewrites this narrative with stunning, revolutionary findings about how our brains construct emotions.

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  • (4/5)
    A bit redundant at points but great material to talk about the reconstruction of emotions and the physiology behind them
  • (5/5)
    i hear this everyday, i love it. love love love
  • (5/5)
    A scientist who cuts throughout the bad science we have acquired from age where scientific discovery was limited by ideology, religious fears and fake experiments, and unfortunately collusion by some in the field of psychology and sociology.

    This book offers framework on how emotions are made is more effective and can change how one can work with his/her emotions.

    Ideally it also changes what is tested and developed as a theory in academic and business services.
  • (5/5)
    This book changed my brain wiring
    Thank you for all this research, validates my existence
  • (5/5)
    Look no further! The true masterpiece in emotions. Mind blowing!!
  • (3/5)
    The concepts are valid and well stated, but tiresome repetition put me off.
  • (5/5)
    I love the gradual exploration and contrast between the classical view of emotion versus the novel view. Some theories proposed by the author actually are compatible with the principle of the machine learning algorithms, which sounds very fascinating to me. I am very interested in the connection between physical budget imbalance and depression, anxiety, chronic pain, etc, and this could be a revolutionary idea for new treatment plans. Looking forward to the updates on that!
  • (5/5)
    Prepare for your mind to be blown.
    Turns conventional wisdom on its head and then inside out.
  • (5/5)
    Very elaborate explanation of how our brain processes what we call emotions. Also wonderful to use these concepts in therapy.
  • (5/5)
    Interesting read, it had a slow start but it's worth it
  • (5/5)
    One of the most important books of this century - exploring the area that is marred by 20th century view of psychology (=folk psychology with fancy nomenclature and loads and loads of ether), sold and perpetuated by culture, law and, sadly, most of social science today. I do hope the author gets the recognition she deserves❤️
  • (5/5)
    Very well explained; no matter form what field or society you are, it is worth reading/listening. Good examples, but there are some concepts thet you should know beforehand or search for them meanwhile. It is even more significant if you are in the fields of psychology (like I am), pedagosy, sociology or have something to do with law. For law, the most relevant chapter is "Emotins and the law", nr. 11. If you just want to know about your pet's emotions , read chapter 12.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book! Fascinating Concepts which were well written and well documented.
  • (5/5)
    Changed my life by offering a foundational philosophical alternative to Platonism / Essentialism.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent analysis. I was particularly interested in her analysis of how the classical theory of emotions leads to cultural bias in the justice system.
  • (5/5)

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    best book about emotions
    fresh neuroscience
    many interesting cases
    bravo

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  • (4/5)
    An interesting and easy-to-read book on the concept of emotion. The author does a good job of using anecdotes and story to illustrate emotional concepts and neurological research.
  • (5/5)

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    One of the best or maybe the best book I’ever read on the subject so far.

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  • (5/5)

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    Explains the diversity of emotions based on brain ability, culture & experience.

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  • (5/5)

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    A fantastic book on how "Essentialism", a concept that means things have a set of characteristics that make them what they are, has been used to explain how and where emotions are made and located in the brain, and how this method is totally wrong. This book, at times, absolutely blew my mind. Using rigorous studies in psychology and neuroscience, Barrett and her lab has shattered all the old ideas of how we form emotions, and even how we form ourselves. If you are at all interested in psychology, read this book.

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    I feel as though the key points in this book could be summarised within 30 minutes, the supporting evidence was very long winded.

    I’m glad to have finished it and regret having been recommended it.

    lost most of my respect for the author when they got into their political views.

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  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    A ground-breaking book that has created a serious paradigm shift in the way I view, experience, and manage my own emotions--not to mention the emotions of others. Some of the concepts presented are so new, that it takes some time and thought to wrap you mind around them, but in the end, I found that little lightbulb turn on over and over as I listened. Great book!

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  • (4/5)

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    An extremely interesting theory about emotion construction. I came away a believer in this theory.
    Some portions of the narrative tended to be repetitive and the emphasis of certain points were belabored.
    Overall, a very interesting read (listen).

    1 person found this helpful

  • (5/5)

    4 people found this helpful

    This is an enlightening book. Initially I thought the view of emotions to be presented here was going to provide a slight perspective shift - a useful way of understanding emotions. Well, it goes way, way further than that. This book changes everything. Maybe.
    At the centre of this title, by Lisa Feldman Barret, is the theory of constructed emotions. According to this theory, our brains use past experiences organised as concepts to guide actions and give our sensations meaning. From this seemingly simple idea the author goes on to reveal how our emotions colour how we perceive reality and how this affects everything from our health, laws and who we are.
    So what of it? What can we learn from this view? The lesson here is that we are responsible for our own concepts and hence our own view of reality. Think about that. We have the power and responsibility, as individuals, to create better and healthier lives for ourselves and other people, beyond our current circumstances. How?
    This may sound crazy but: eat well, do some regular exercise, try yoga, meditate, take walks, get a plant maybe, watch a movie and read good books...like this one. The idea is that the separation between our mental and physical lives is porous. Our brains are embodied beyond the skull and affect our experiences and that of others.
    The book also does a good job of poking holes in a lot of popular science publications about how the brain is organised and how it works. These ideas are hard to kill because they are so pervasive and they seem so intuitive as to be obvious to most. Things are a tad bit more complex than we would like to admit/can handle.
    I do think this is a revolutionary theory that can change everything if even a fraction of the claims and speculations in the book are correct. Fantastic and mind expanding read.

    There’s a lot of speculation in here, the author makes that abundantly clear, but the implications are massive. I can see how applying the insights here can have a major impact on how we approach our lives and circumstances and how we approach AI and the future of humanity.

    4 people found this helpful

  • (5/5)
    Paradigm shifting in its eloquent description of the mechanism of emotion as constructed by the minds interaction with the world. Hearkens back to Kant and vygotsky in many suggestions
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    It’s more informative and genuinely worthy reading. I loved it.

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  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    I totally recommend. Though a bit complex but worth the read. Will have a second go at it to fully grasp the concepts.

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