How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Category: Book
By (author): Barrett, Lisa Feldman
Subject:  PSYCHOLOGY / Emotions
  PSYCHOLOGY / General
  PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
  SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: March 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*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 for 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.  
From The Publisher*A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind
Review Quote*This meticulous, well-researched, and deeply thought out book provides information about our emotions-what they are, where they come from, why we have them. For anyone who has struggled to reconcile brain and heart, this book will be a treasure; it explains the science without short-changing the humanism of its topic." - Andrew Solomon, best-selling author of Far From the Tree and The Noonday Demon "A brilliant and original book on the science of emotion, by the deepest thinker about this topic since Darwin." -Daniel Gilbert, best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness "Everything you thought you knew about what you feel and why you feel it turns out to be stunningly wrong. Lisa Barrett illuminates the fascinating new science of our emotions, offering real-world examples of why it matters in realms as diverse as health, parenting, romantic relationships and national security." -Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls & Sex "What if everything you thought you knew about lust, anger, grief, and joy was wrong? Lisa Barrett is one of the psychology's wisest and most creative scientists and her theory of constructed emotion is radical and fascinating. Through vivid examples and sharp, clear prose, How Emotions are Made defends a bold new vision of the most central aspects of human nature." -Paul Bloom, author of Against Empathy and How Pleasure Works "Lisa Barrett writes with great clarity about how your emotions are not merely about what you're born with, but also about how your brain pieces your feelings together, and how you can contribute to the process. She tells a compelling story." -Joseph LeDoux, author of Anxious and Synaptic Self " How Emotions Are Made is a provocative, insightful, and engaging analysis of the fascinating ways that our brains create our emotional lives, convincingly linking cutting edge neuroscience studies with everyday emotions. You won't think about emotions in the same way after you read this important book." - Daniel L. Schacter, author of The Seven Sins of Memory "Lisa Barrett masterfully integrates discoveries from affective science, neuroscience, social psychology, and philosophy to make sense of the many instances of emotion that you experience and witness each day. How Emotions are Made will help you remake your life, giving you new lenses to see familiar feelings-from anxiety to love-anew." -Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity and Love 2.0 "
Biographical NoteLISA FELDMAN BARRETT, PhD, 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, Massachusetts.