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Emotions: Facts Vs. Fictions


Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett




In this talk, we’ll explore a series of experiments about emotion whose conclusions seem to defy common sense. We’ll learn that common sense is wrong, and has been for 2000 years. In the process, we’ll dispel four of the most widespread fictions about emotions that lurk in classrooms, boardrooms and bedrooms around the world. We’ll then explore a radically new scientific understanding of what emotions are and how they work. Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University


Thank you so much for coming out on this beautiful, dare I say it spring evening, and welcome to this iteration of the Rotman Public Lecture. Uh, Mike Anderson. I'm a professor at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy here at Western University. Uh, if you don't know, a Rotman Institute is, uh, dedicated to fostering productive dialogue between philosophy and the sciences.

And, uh, this year marks our 10th anniversary. Part of the mission of the institute is public outreach, uh, hence tonight's event. Uh, and we do run these rotten public lectures, uh, uh, a couple times a year, so please look for them. But please also look out for our library, lecture series and our public panel discussions.

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