Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa Feldman Barrett, Ph.D. shares some mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research, and discusses her new book, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain (Houghton Mifflin). She shares where brains come from, how they’re structured (and why it matters), and how yours works in tandem with other brains to create everything you experience. She also tackles popular myths such as the idea of a “lizard brain” and the alleged battle between thoughts and emotions, or between nature and nurture, to determine your behavior.

"An excellent education in brain science...[Feldman Barrett] deftly employs metaphor and anecdote to deliver an insightful overview of her favorite subject... so short and sweet that most readers will continue to the 35-page appendix, in which the author delves more deeply, but with no less clarity, into topics ranging from teleology to the Myers-Briggs personality test to 'Plato's writings about the human psyche.' Outstanding popular science."--Kirkus.

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received numerous scientific awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship and an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, and is the author of How Emotions are Made.

Presented by Town Hall Science ( in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.


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ISBN: 9780358157144
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 17th, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:00pm
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