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How emotions are made : the secret life of the brain

Author: Lisa Feldman Barrett
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Mariner Books editionView all editions and formats
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"A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, the legal system, and our understanding of the human mind. Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Feldman Barrett
ISBN: 9780544133310 0544133315 9781328915436 1328915433
OCLC Number: 1029739587
Description: xv, 425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The two-thousand-year-old assumption --
The search for emotion's "fingerprints" --
Emotions are constructed --
The myth of universal emotions --
The origin of feeling --
Concepts, goals, and words --
How the brain makes emotions --
Emotions as social reality --
A new view of human nature --
Mastering your emotions --
Emotion and illness --
Emotion and the law --
Is a growling dog angry? --
From brain to mind : the new frontier --
Appendix A. Brain basics --
Appendix B. Supplement for chapter 2 --
Appendix C. Supplement for chapter 3 --
Appendix D. Evidence for the concept cascade.
Responsibility: Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD.

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"A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, the legal system, and our understanding of the human mind. Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. Scientists have long supported this assumption by claiming that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology--and this paradigm shift has far-reaching implications for us all. Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and shedding new light on what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions are housed in different parts of the brain and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, she has shown that emotion is constructed in the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. This new theory means that you play a much greater role in your emotional life than you ever thought. Its repercussions are already shaking the foundations not only of psychology but also of medicine, the legal system, child-rearing, meditation, and even airport security. Why do emotions feel automatic? Does rational thought really control emotion? How does emotion affect disease? How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent? How Emotions Are Made answers these questions and many more, revealing the latest research and intriguing practical applications of the new science of emotion, mind, and brain."--

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