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Neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett discusses ‘that big grey blob’ between your ears

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Lisa Feldman Barrett.
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If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could better understand how the human brain works, then this talk is just for you.

Neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett shares enjoyable tidbits about our brains; how they work and other interesting facts and revelations in neuroscience research. Barrett’s new book is Seven and A Half Lessons About The Brain. In it, she uses a mix of metaphors and anecdotes to give an insightful overview of brain science. Through a short and sweet narrative, Barrett confronts outdated thinking, such as the idea of a “lizard brain” and highlights the practicalities of how our brains function, and why they exist.

Barrett was joined in conversation by New York Times editor James Ryerson. Lisa Feldman Barrett teaches at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also the author of ‘How Emotions are Made’

Barrett presented this talk-- Why Do We Have Brains? and Other Neuroscientific Revelations-- on November 17th via live stream from Town Hall Seattle. The event is part of Town Hall Seattle’s Science Series.

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