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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain
Barrett, Lisa Feldman
Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt / Softcover / 2018-03-01 / 1328915433
Emotions
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448 pages
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"Fascinating...a thought-provoking journey into emotion science."—The Wall Street Journal

"The definitive field guide to feelings and the neuroscience behind them.” —Angela Duckworth, best-selling author of Grit

Lisa Feldman Barrett is at the forefront of a revolution in how we understand our innermost feelings. Her research overturns accepted beliefs about emotions’ mechanics, proving that every emotion you feel is constructed in the moment, through an elaborate interplay of brain, body, and culture—rather than being an automatic, spontaneous reaction to your thoughts and experiences. No two instances of anger or happiness look alike, nor do we experience them passively. Her discoveries are already reverberating throughout the fields of psychology, medicine, criminal justice, parenting, education, meditation, governance, and even airport security.

In How Emotions Are Made, Barrett offers a lucid, engaging report from the cutting edge of psychology and neuroscience, revealing the many real-world consequences of this new science of emotion.

Reviews:

“This meticulous, well-researched, and deeply thought-out book reveals new insights 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

“Ever wonder where your emotions come from? Lisa Barrett, a world expert in the psychology of emotion, has written the definitive field guide to feelings and the neuroscience behind them.”
— Angela Duckworth, best-selling author of Grit

“We all harbor an intuition about emotions: that the way you experience joy, fear or anger happens automatically and is pretty much the same in a Kalahari hunter-gatherer. In this excellent new book, Lisa Barrett draws on contemporary research to offer a radically different picture: that the experience of emotion is highly individualized, neurobiologically idiosyncratic, and inseparable from cognition. This is a provocative, accessible, important book.”
— Robert Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers and A Primate’s Memoir

“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

“After readingHow Emotions Are Made, I will never think about emotions the same way again. Lisa Barrett opens up a whole new terrain for fighting gender stereotypes and making better policy.”
— Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business

“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 offers a grand new conception of emotions—what they are, where they come from, and (most importantly) what they aren’t. Brain science is the art of the counterintuitive and Lisa Barrett has a remarkable capacity to make the counterintuitive comprehensible. This book will have you smacking your forehead wondering why it took so long to think this way about the brain.”
— Stuart Firestein, author of Failure: Why Science Is So Successful and Ignorance: How It Drives Science

“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

“How Emotions Are Made is a tour de force in the quest to understand how we perceive, judge and decide. It lays the groundwork to address many of the mysteries of human behavior. I look forward to how this more accurate view of emotion will help my clients in athletics and trading.”
— Denise K. Shull, M.A., founder and CEO of The ReThink Group

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 received a National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award for her groundbreaking research on emotion in the brain, and is an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada. She lives in Boston.

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