Lisa Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, where she focuses on the study of emotion, she is a director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory and founding editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion Review.
Neuroscientist, psychologist and author, Lisa Feldman Barrett discusses the complexities of the brain, our emotions, improving ourselves and our relationship with others, making good decisions and giving yourself an existential break. GO PREMIUM: Support the podcast, get ad-free episodes, transcripts, and so much more:
Learn about where your emotions come from and how you can hack them, with help from psychology researcher and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett. Plus: learn why tarantula venom could be an alternative to opioids. Maybe tarantula venom could be an alternative to opioids by Cameron Duke Agwa, A. J., Tran, P., Mueller, A., Tran, H. N. T., Deuis, J. R., Israel, M. R., McMahon, K. L., Craik, D. J., Vetter, I., & Schroeder, C. I. (2020). Manipulation of a spider peptide toxin alters its affinity for lipid bilayers and potency and selectivity for voltage-gated sodium channel subtype 1.7. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 295(15), 5067–5080. Spider venom key to pain relief without side-effects. (2020). EurekAlert!  ‌Viviane Richter. (2016, February 29). The tarantula’s bite that could stop pain.; Cosmos Magazine.  Understanding the Epidemic. (2019).; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additional resources from Lisa Feldman Barrett:  Watch our full, uncut interview with Lisa Feldman Barrett from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting (#AAASmtg) on YouTube  Pick up “How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain” on Amazon Official website You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions (TED Talk) Follow @LFeldmanBarrett on Twitter Other publications by Lisa Feldman Barrett  Citation for test anxiety study: Jamieson, J. P., Peters, B. J., Greenwood, E. J., & Altose, A. J. (2016). Reappraising Stress Arousal Improves Performance and Reduces Evaluation Anxiety in Classroom Exam Situations. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(6), 579–587.  Subscribe to Curiosity Daily to learn something new every day with Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer. You can also listen to our podcast as part of your Alexa Flash Briefing; Amazon smart speakers users, click/tap “enable” here: See for privacy information.
How do you feel right now? Excited to listen to your favorite podcast? Anxious about the state of American politics? Annoyed by my use of rhetorical questions?These questions seem pretty straightforward. But as my guest today, psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett, points out there is a lot more to emotion than meets the mind.Barrett is a superstar in her field. She’s a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and has received various prestigious awards for her pioneering research on emotion. Her most recent book How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain argues that emotions are not biologically hardwired into our brains but constructed by our minds. In other words, we don’t merely feel emotions — we actively create them.Barrett’s work has potentially radical implications. If we take her theory seriously, it follows that the ways we think about our daily emotional states, diagnose illnesses, interact with friends, raise our children, and experience reality all need some serious adjusting, if not complete rethinking.If you enjoyed this episode, you should check out:A mind-expanding conversation with Michael PollanThe cognitive cost of poverty (with Sendhil Mullainathan)Will Storr on why you are not yourself A mind-bending, reality-warping conversation with John HiggsBook recommendations: Naming the Mind by Kurt Danzinger The Island of Knowledge by Marcelo Gleiser The Accidental Species by Henry GeeSense and Nonsense by Kevin L. LalandWant to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.comSubscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.Credits:Producer and Editor - Jeff GeldResearcher - Roge KarmaRecording engineer - Cynthia GilField engineer - Joseph FridmanThe Ezra Klein Show is a production of the Vox Media Podcast Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
An on-stage conversation with Lisa Feldman Barrett as part of MIT course on Artificial General Intelligence. Video version is available on YouTube. She is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory, and author of “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” She studies human emotion from social-psychological, cognitive science, and neuroscience perspectives. If you would like to get more information about this podcast go to or connect with @lexfridman on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or YouTube where you can watch the video versions of these conversations.
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