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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain


Today’s scholars spend a lot of time and effort to study the nature of people, places, and the cosmos. I am so delighted about those efforts. Recently, however, efforts have begun to examine the wealth of knowledge in areas not often thought about. The complexity and inner-connectedness of our mental capacity carves out a niche where the emotional self lives. It is with great care that studying this elusive aspect of understanding humanity sheds light on the subject of our emotions. Lisa Feldman Barrett reveals The Secret Side of the Brain in her new book, How Emotions Are Made.

I have never seen a book so devoted to understanding the nature of emotions. Yet the work examined every aspect of emotional functions, from how we feel about things to what motivates us to act. One of the more interesting aspects of the work concerns the chapter on how the brain makes emotions. This in part is of special importance. The brain, it seems, starts out with primitive concepts of how the world works. Later, as a person grows and matures, it builds up a more abstract picture of how things work and the part that humans play in it. And the emotional self goes along for the ride, developing in a similar way. The depth with which Barrett describes this process is truly remarkable. Her work supports many old concepts as well as a host of new ones. Her work ties together the many facets of emotional concerns and makes them accessible to the average reader.

Barrett holds a Ph.D. She is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and has earned several awards for her work. The book is down-to-earth and a delight to read. With a high level of knowledge and articulate style, Barrett delivers a prime example of modern prose in digestible chunks.

Reviewed By:
Lisa Feldman Barrett
Page Count:
448 pages
At A Tulsa Library:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date:
May 2017
Science & Nature

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Book Author

Lisa Feldman Barrett


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


May 2017





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