Episode 6: Challenging Classical Views on Emotion with Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett


For our sixth episode, the PIA crew interviewed Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and author of "How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain." We first discussed the history of emotion research, including how widespread assumptions may have held back progress in this field. Despite decades of research using facial expressions, physiology, and outward behaviors to classify emotional categories, Dr. Barrett makes the case that these patterns are not actually specific markers for specific emotions -- instead, it's how we interpret these patterns, and how we label these patterns with learned concepts, that will actually determine how you experience an emotion. We also covered a ton of other really interesting ideas throughout this episode, including how your brain basically functions like a baseball player. Make sure to check it out!

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