Constructing Our World: The Brain's-Eye View - A Conversation with Lisa Feldman Barrett

by Howard Burton (Author)
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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor in Psychology at Northeastern University. This extensive conversations covers topics such as Lisa’s winding career path from pre-med to clinical psychology to an academic career in neuroscience and her research on how the brain works and the development of her theory of emotion: every moment of our life, our brain is anticipating and making sense of sensory inputs from its environment—the combination of the internal environment of the body and the external environment—and our brain uses conceptual knowledge to do that.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Putting the Pieces Together, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. Beginnings - A winding road
II. Confronting Variability - Essentialism vs. conceptual categories
III. Convergent Pathways - Applying conceptual knowledge
IV. Networks - A key conceptual category
V. Slow Progress - Some slower than others
VI. Towards Genuine Dialogue - The benefits of interacting with essentialists
VII. Final Thoughts - Some philosophical reflections

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Publication date
December 30, 2020