How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 7, 2017 - Psychology - 496 pages
“Fascinating . . . A thought-provoking journey into emotion science.” — Wall Street Journal

“A singular book, remarkable for the freshness of its ideas and the boldness and clarity with which they are presented.” — Scientific American
 
“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

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. Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose research overturns the long-standing belief that emotions are automatic, universal, and hardwired in different brain regions. Instead, Barrett shows, we construct each instance of emotion through a unique interplay of brain, body, and culture. A lucid report from the cutting edge of emotion science, How Emotions Are Made reveals the profound real-world consequences of this breakthrough for everything from neuroscience and medicine to the legal system and even national security, laying bare the immense implications of our latest and most intimate scientific revolution.

“Mind-blowing.” — Elle

“Chock-full of startling, science-backed findings . . . An entertaining and engaging read. ” — Forbes
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - StefBlommaert - LibraryThing

You read a lot of books, but sometimes one comes along that changes the way you look at the world . And in this case also yourself. Lucid, clear and funny. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - dmturner - LibraryThing

An interesting exploration of the way our brains construct reality, including emotions. Makes the argument against "essentialism" (the idea that emotions are essential elements, born into us ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Search for Emotions Fingerprints
1
2 Emotions Are Constructed
25
3 The Myth of Universal Emotions
42
4 The Origin of Feeling
56
5 Concepts Goals and Words
84
6 How the Brain Makes Emotions
112
7 Emotions as Social Reality
128
8 A New View of Human Nature
152
10 Emotion and Illness
199
11 Emotion and the Law
219
12 Is a Growling Dog Angry?
252
The New Frontier
278
Back Matter
293
Back Flap
427
Back Cover
428
Spine
429

9 Mastering Your Emotions
175

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2017)

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 an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for her research on emotion in the brain.
 

Bibliographic information