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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain Paperback – 13 March 2018

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pan (13 March 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1509837523
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509837526
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.1 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
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How Emotions Are Made did what all great books do. It took a subject I thought I understood and turned my understanding upside down. -- Malcolm Gladwell

The definitive field guide to feelings and the neuroscience behind them. -- Angela Duckworth, bestselling author of Grit

A brilliant and original book on the science of emotion, by the deepest thinker about this topic since Darwin -- Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness

Meticulous, well-researched, and deeply thought out . . . For anyone who has struggled to reconcile brain and heart, this book will be a treasure; it explains the science without short-changing the humanism of its topic. -- Andrew Solomon, bestselling author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon

Radical and fascinating ... How Emotions are Made defends a bold new vision of the most central aspects of human nature. -- Paul Bloom, author of Against Empathy and How Pleasure Works

Every lawyer and judge doing serious criminal trials should read this book. -- Baroness Helena Kennedy QC House of Lords, U.K.

Barrett's figurative selfie of the brain is brilliant. ― Booklist

A provocative, insightful, and engaging analysis ... You won't think about emotions in the same way after you read this important book. -- Daniel L. Schacter, author of The Seven Sins of Memory

The implications of Lisa Barrett’s work (which ‘only’ challenges two-thousand-year-old assumptions about the brain) are nothing short of stunning. Even more stunning is how extraordinarily well she succeeds. -- Nancy Gertner, Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, and former U.S. federal judge for the United States District Court of Massachusetts

This is a provocative, accessible, important book. -- Robert Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers and A Primate's Memoir

Lisa Feldman Barrett illuminates the fascinating new science of our emotions. -- Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls & Sex

Lisa Barrett masterfully integrates discoveries from affective science, neuroscience, social psychology, and philosophy to make sense of the many instances of emotion that you experience and witness each day. -- Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity and Love 2.0

Fascinating . . . a thought-provoking journey into emotion science ― The Wall Street Journal

Lisa Barrett writes with great clarity about how your emotions are not merely about what you're born with, but also about how your brain pieces your feelings together, and how you can contribute to the process. She tells a compelling story. -- Joseph Le Doux, author of Anxious and Synaptic Self

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Emotions aren't hardwired into you - you create them. A world-leading neuroscientist argues that understanding the origin and nature of emotions has huge implications for our future

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5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY popular psychology book with a modern and correct brain model - essential reading.
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This is the ONLY psychology book I've found that correctly incorporates the new brain insights from AI and neuroscience. And it calls out past psych brain models for what they are - pseudo-science. Our emotions are constructed in the neocortex in the same way we construct other components of our reality like 'chair' and the colour 'red'.
This truly is a ground-breaking psychology book, it's a shame that it loses its way a bit in the last half as another reviewer has commented but it's a six-star book, just for the first half! Highly recommended.
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