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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Principais insights de Lisa Feldman Barrett

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain


Principais insights de Lisa Feldman Barrett

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

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Constructing meaningful concepts, including emotions, is a human superpower.

While many of us perceive emotions as an automatic reaction to the world around us, neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett studied the workings of the brain and found that, in fact, we actually construct our own emotions. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn how humans create concepts, including emotions, to more efficiently process information and make the all-important predictions that regulate our bodies and allow us to operate in the world.

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Introduction

Historic thinkers from Plato to Darwin believed that emotion is an innate human reaction, an automatic reflex that must be governed by our powers of reason. Lisa Feldman Barrett calls this understanding the classical view of emotion.

But neuroscience is increasingly suggesting a new way of thinking about emotion, which Barrett calls the constructed theory of emotion, may be more accurate. This theory is based on evidence that we learn our emotions; that is to say, our brain constructs emotional experiences as part of a larger process of using concepts to efficiently predict how...

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