How Emotions Are Made

How Emotions Are Made

The Secret Life of the Brain

Book - 2017
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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, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming 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 -- and this paradigm shift has far-reaching implications for us all. 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 shedding new light on 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, she has shown that emotion is constructed in the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. This new theory means that you play a much greater role in your emotional life than you ever thought. Its repercussions are already shaking the foundations not only of psychology but also of medicine, the legal system, child-rearing, meditation, and even airport security. Why do emotions feel automatic? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Emotions Are Made answers these questions and many more, revealing the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780544133310
0544133315
Characteristics: xv, 425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Oct 30, 2017

This book was positively life-changing for me! Its elucidation of the brain's mechanisms that result in thoughts and feelings finally gave me some of the final puzzle pieces in figuring out my own psychology. While Barrett occasionally veers off into speculation (especially in the chapter on animal emotions), her hypotheses are always firmly grounded in science. Overall, and excellent read!

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