Mastering your emotions for a better life with Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. She also has research appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research focuses on the psychology and neuroscience of emotion. 

She is among the top 1% most cited scientists in the world. Her work has been described as ‘inspirational’, ‘transformative’ and ‘ground-breaking’ and she has been awarded numerous prestigious awards for her research, including Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. She has been named “among the most important effective scientists of our time”. 

Her TED@IBM Talk ‘You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions – your brain creates them’ has been viewed over 6 million times. She has published two books, ‘7 and a Half Lessons About The Brain’ and ‘How Emotions are Made’.


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2:51 When and why Lisa first started researching emotions

7:33 The myth of the ‘Triune Brain’

12:09 How we respond to the environment that we’re in

18:54 Emotions are not things that happen to us

24:27 How much control do we have over our emotions?

32:25 Turning negative emotions into positive ones

37:32 Using language to describe your emotions

40:34 On personality measures

43:05 The difference between emotion and mood

44:47 Making decisions based on your intuition

46:28 Making good decisions when feeling emotional

53:17 The power of mentally stepping back

55:59 Dealing with someone in a heightened state of emotion

1:00:02 On memory

1:02:24 The ‘Tyranny of Happiness’

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