Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa Feldman Barrett

2004, Fellow, National Science Foundation Advanced Training Institute in Immersive Virtual Environment Technology and Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
2000, Fellow, American Psychological Association’s Advanced Training Institute in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Boston
1995, Fellow, National Science Foundation Training Institute for Cardiovascular Approaches to Social Psychophysiology, State University of New York, Buffalo
1992, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Waterloo
1992, Clinical Internship, University of Manitoba Medical School
1986, B.Sc., Psychology, with honors, University of Toronto

Area(s) of Expertise

Psychology of Emotion, Affective Neuroscience, Social and Personality Psychology

Research Interests

Dr. Barrett’s research focuses on the nature of emotion from the perspectives of both psychology and neuroscience, and takes inspiration from anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics. Her lab takes an interdisciplinary approach, and incorporates methods from social, clinical, and personality psychology, psychophysiology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, and visual cognition. Current projects focus on understanding the psychological construction of emotion (i.e., how basic affective and conceptual ingredients provide the recipes for emotional experiences), age- and disease-related changes in affective circuitry within the human brain, how language and context influence emotion perception, how affect influences vision, and sex differences in emotion.

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How we feel what we feel

Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern, explains why misconceptions about emotion persist, how our emotional brains change as we age, and the role context plays in what we feel.

Researchers pinpoint epicenter of brain’s predictive ability

In recent years, scientists have discovered that the human brain works on predictions, contrary to the previously accepted theory that it reacts to outside sensations. Now, in a paper published in Nature, University Distinguished Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has reported finding the epicenter of those predictions.

When a gun is not a gun

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett explains “affective realism.”

How do our emotions work?

Psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett recently wrote about the research her lab is doing regarding emotions and how there are flaws in the traditional view of emotions.