Topics Discussed in #140 – Lex Fridman & Lisa Feldman Barrett: Falling in love, Love at first sight, Romantic, Writing process, Evolution of the human brain, Nature of evil, Love is an evolutionary advantage, Variation in species, Does evolution have a direction?, Love with an inanimate object, Just be yourself is confusing advice, Consciousness, Book recommendations.

Lex Fridman Podcast: Conversations about science, technology, history, philosophy and the nature of intelligence, consciousness, love, and power. Lex is an AI researcher at MIT and beyond.

Lisa Feldman Barrett Thumbnail

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa Feldman Barrett is a distinguished professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where she focuses on affective science. She is a director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory. Along with James Russell, she is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion Review. Along with James Gross, she founded the Society for Affective Science. After graduating from the University of Toronto with honors, she pursued a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo with the goal of becoming a therapist, until a frustrating puzzle sidetracked her from a clinical career. As a graduate student, she failed eight times to replicate a simple experiment, finally realizing that her seeming failed attempts were, in fact, successfully replicating a previously undiscovered phenomenon. The resulting research direction became her life's work: understanding the nature of emotion in the brain. Following a clinical internship at the University of Manitoba Medical School, she held professorships in psychology at Penn State University, Boston College, and Northeastern University. Over two decades, she transitioned from clinical psychology into social psychology, psychophysiology, cognitive science, and cognitive neuroscience.

Books Mentioned in this Podcast with Lex Fridman & Lisa Feldman Barrett:

How Emotions Are Made

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

At Large

The Triple Helix

Biology as Ideology

Naming the Mind

On Writing

The Beak of the Finch

The Evolution of Beauty

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Doctor Zhivago

The English Patient