Understanding the Nature of Emotion

When: Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Where: SH 210
Speaker: LIsa Feldman Barrett
Organization: Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University
Sponsor: PRISM

For over a century, psychology has assumed that emotion, cognition, and perception are different processes within the human mind.  Accumulating evidence strongly indicates, however, that the human brain does not respect these psychological categories. In this talk, a new scientific model where emotions are the products that emerge from the interplay of distributed brain networks that can be described as basic psychological operations or ingredients, is outlined.  Both neuroscience and behavioral evidence to show that the workings of these ingredients hold the key to understanding the nature of emotion, will be presented.