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An unique opportunity to hear pioneering psychologist, Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett on ‘How Your Emotions Are Made‘, one of the most radical and groundbreaking science books to be published in a generation.

In this talk Professor Barrett will draw on the latest scientific evidence to reveal that our ideas about emotion are dramatically, even dangerously, out of date. It’s not the case that emotions come from specific parts of the brain. Emotions don’t exist objectively in nature and they aren’t pre-programmed in our brains and bodies; rather, they are psychological experiences that each of us constructs based on our unique personal history, physiology and environment.

This new view of emotions has serious implications: when judges issue lesser sentences for crimes of passion, when police officers fire at threatening suspects, or when doctors choose between one diagnosis and another, they’re all, in some way, relying on the ancient assumption that emotions are hardwired into our brains and bodies.

Revising that conception of emotion is vital to our wellbeing and the health of society itself.

 

Reviews

A brilliant and original book on the science of emotion, by the deepest thinker about this topic since Darwin‘ – Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestselling Stumbling on Happiness

What if everything you thought you knew about lust, anger, grief, and joy was wrong? Lisa Barrett is one of the psychology’s wisest and most creative scientists and her theory of constructed emotion is radical and fascinating‘ – Paul Bloom, author of Against Empathy and How Pleasure Works

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Emmanuel Centre

9-23 Marsham Street
London SW1P 3DW

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