What is the nature of human emotions and feelings? Psychologist will discuss revolutionary research in Iowa State lecture

AMES, Iowa — Lisa Feldman Barrett has found that feelings like happiness and rage are not hardwired but constructed in the moment. 

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Barrett will discuss her research and paradigm-shifting theory in an upcoming lecture at Iowa State University. “Emotions: Separating Fact from Fiction” will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston and the author of “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” University Book Store will have this book for sale at the event.

Her research shows that feelings like happiness, pride, fear or rage are not hardwired and universal but flexible and context-specific.

Barrett’s work has far-reaching implications beyond neuroscience and psychology, including medicine, the legal system, child-rearing and airport security. Barrett has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and she has shared her research on the nature of emotion with Congress, the FBI, the news media and more.

In addition to her academic position, Barrett holds research appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In April, Barrett received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Her lecture is the Neuroscience Research Day 2019 keynote. This lecture is co-sponsored by the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Veterinary Medicine; the departments of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, biomedical sciences, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, food science and human nutrition, kinesiology, and psychology; the criminal justice program, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Graduate College, Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology, Society for Neuroscience, University Library and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by ISU Student Government.

Find more information about ISU lectures online or by calling 515-294-9934.