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We speak with Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, professor of psychology at Northeastern University. Dr. Barrett is one of the top 1% most cited scientists in the world, and the author of two acclaimed books on the brain: How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life Of The Brain, and Seven And A Half Lessons About The Brain. Her research examines emotion, behavior, and how the brain creates both.
During our conversation we learned:
-How we can practice emotions
-How our past experiences help shape our future perceptions
-What are brains are actually for (hint: it’s not thinking!)
-Which mental and emotional experiences are universal, and which are not (the answers might surprise you)
-What you can do to improve your decision-making right here, right now