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Lisa Feldman Barrett

Her research has focused on the main issues in the science of emotions such as: What are the basic building blocks of emotional life?

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa Feldman Barrett (born c. 1963) 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. Along with James Russell, she is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion Review

Barrett was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1963. Barrett obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honors at the University of Toronto. Barrett completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, and a Clinical Internship at the University of Manitoba Medical School.

Study of human emotions

At the beginning of her career, Dr. Barrett's research focused on the structure of affect, having developed experience-sampling methods and open-source software to study emotional experience. Dr. Barrett and members at IASL study the nature of emotion broadly from social-psychological, psychophysiological, cognitive science, and neuroscience perspectives, and take inspiration from anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics. They also explore the role of emotion in vision and other psychological phenomena.

In 1996, she joined the Psychology Faculty at Boston College. Before that she was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University.

Her research has focused on the main issues in the science of emotions such as:

What are the basic building blocks of emotional life?

Why is it that people quickly and effortlessly perceive anger, sadness, fear in themselves and others, yet scientists have been unable to specify a set of clear criteria for empirically identifying these emotional events?

What roles do language and conceptual knowledge play in emotion perception?

Are there really differences between the emotional lives of men and women?

Theory of constructed emotion

During her graduate training, Barrett developed the initial insights for her current theory of constructed emotion.

She highlights differences in emotions between different cultures, and says that emotions "are not triggered; you create them. They emerge as a combination of the physical properties of your body, a flexible brain that wires itself to whatever environment it develops in, and your culture and upbringing, which provide that environment."[5]


Cultivating Wisdom: The Power Of Mood | Lisa Feldman Barrett | TEDxCambridge

Croatian translation by Dunja Knežević. Reviewed by Sanda Liker.

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