DB 064: Neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett on How Emotions Are Made

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This week, Eva and Olga welcome Lisa Feldman Barrett. Dr. Barrett is a neuroscientist, psychologist, and author of “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” She is also a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.  She 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.

In this episode, Dr. Barrett talks about how you have more control over your emotions than you think, and how improving your ability to train your emotions can have a profoundly beneficial impact on your life.   This is a particularly powerful episode for our young Big Dreamers to help them understand why you are feeling certain emotions, and how to deal with your emotions. Thank you Dr. Barrett for sharing your wisdom with our community of Big Dreamers.  


  • Dr. Barrett defines emotion.
  • Dr. Barrett gives advice on how parents can help their kids learn more about emotions.
  • Practical advice on how you can have more control over your emotions.
  • Dr. Barrett explains how your own memories influence your emotions.
  • Why Dr. Barrett wrote her book, “How Emotions Are Made.”
  • Dr. Barrett shares the importance of being self-aware towards understanding emotions.
  • Dr. Barrett shares some of her hobbies.
  • Dr. Barrett shares her daily routines.
  • Dr. Barrett’s best advice to her 10-year old self.
  • Dr. Barrett’s BIG DREAM for the future.
  • And so much more!



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