Lisa Feldman Barrett

University Distinguished Professor Email: Phone: 617.373.2044


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.

Lab Website

Curriculum Vitae



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What’s In A Grunt?

New research by psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett suggests that different cultures do not hear the same emotions when they hear the same sounds. The “emotional grammar” of language is instead shaped by culture and local circumstances.

Your face says it all? Not so fast

New research from University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett’s lab refutes a decades-old belief in emotion science – that emotions are universally recognized across people and cultures.

3Qs: A crazy little drug called love

Does romantic love look the same way on our brains as alcohol, tobacco, or cocaine? Well, yes, as a matter of fact, it does.

Your iPhone gets emotional

Virtual humans, relational robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-tracking technologies were among the innovative research projects highlighted at a daylong conference at Northeastern that explored the intersection of emotion science and technology.

Get the picture? New high-​​res images show brain activity like never before

In the middle of the human brain there is a tiny struc­ture shaped like an elon­gated donut that plays a cru­cial role in man­aging how the body func­tions.

The fruits of undergraduate research

The Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory had approximately 100 undergraduates working in it this year.