Webinar: The New Scientific Understanding of Emotions

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08
Dec
December 8, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
online

In this talk, we’ll explore a series of experiments about emotion whose conclusions seem to defy common sense. We’ll learn that common sense is wrong, and has been for 2000 years. In the process, we’ll dispel several of the most widespread fictions about emotions that lurk in boardrooms, classrooms and bedrooms around the world. We’ll then explore a radically new scientific understanding of what emotions are and how they work.

Presenter:  Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD

This is a public webinar. Attendance will be limited to the first 1000 people. The recording will be emailed to all registrants.

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Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to the book How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, Dr. Barrett has published over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers appearing in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and other top journals in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as six academic volumes published by Guilford Press. She has also given a popular TED talk. Her forthcoming book, Seven and a Half Lessons about the Brain, written with support from a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the Sloan Foundation, will be released in America on November 17th, 2020.

Dr. Barrett received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for her revolutionary research on emotion in the brain. These highly competitive, multimillion dollar awards are given to scientists of exceptional creativity who are expected to transform biomedical and behavioral research.

Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Barrett has testified before Congress, presented her research to the FBI, consulted to the National Cancer Institute, appeared on Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and The Today Show with Maria Shriver, and been a featured guest on public television and worldwide radio programs. She is also an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.