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Podcast 262: Neuro Knowledge: A Deep Dive Into The Brain With Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett

Dr. Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of psychology at Northeastern University with appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is among the top 1% most-cited scientists worldwide over the past five years, and has authored two best-selling science books, How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain and Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain.

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On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD. Kristen and Dr. Feldman Barrett discuss how Dr. Feldman Barrett got started in the field, the human brain, modernity impacting brain evolution, affect and arousal, Seven and a Half Lessons on the Brain, and what Dr. Feldman Barrett is obsessing over.


  • 3:35 - Dr. Feldman Barrett getting started in the field
  • 11:56 - Realizing her research was taking shape
  • 16:25 - The human brain
  • 24:17 - Modernity impacting brain evolution
  • 36:22 - The brain running a model
  • 42:17 - Affect and arousal
  • 53:41 - Seven and a Half Lessons on the Brain
  • 55:22 - People thinking about emotions
  • 1:00:39 - What Dr. Feldman Barrett is obsessing over

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Dr. Feldman Barrett's Website