Lisa Feldman Barrett

Constructing Our World: The Brain’s-Eye View is a detailed book based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor in Psychology at Northeastern University. This wide-ranging conversations explores Lisa’s winding career path from pre-med to clinical psychology to an academic career in neuroscience, 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:

  1. Beginnings – A winding road
  2. Confronting Variability – Essentialism vs. conceptual categories
  3. Convergent Pathways – Applying conceptual knowledge
  4. Networks – A key conceptual category
  5. Slow Progress – Some slower than others
  6. Towards Genuine Dialogue – The benefits of interacting with essentialists
  7. Final Thoughts – Some philosophical reflections


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Constructing Our World: The Brain’s-Eye View is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow Collection, Conversations About Neuroscience, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.