How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

By | November 30, 2017
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain Author Lisa Feldman Barrett
ISBN-10 0544133315
ISBN-13 9780544133310
Year 2017-03-07
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology health care the legal system 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 Madeanswers these questions and many more revealing the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion mind and brain

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