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Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big gray blob between your ears. In seven short essays (plus a bite-sized story about how brains evolved), this slim, entertaining, and accessible collection reveals mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research.
You’ll learn where brains came from, how they’re structured (and why it matters), and how yours works in tandem with other brains to create everything you experience. Along the way, you’ll also learn to dismiss popular myths such as the idea of a “lizard brain” and the alleged battle between thoughts and emotions, or even between nature and nurture, to determine your behavior.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, has received numerous scientific awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in neuroscience and an NIH Director's Pioneer Award. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her new book, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain, comes out in November 2020. She is also the author of the bestselling book How Emotions Are Made (2017).
Moderator Lulu Miller is the co-host of Radiolab, co-founder of NPR's Invisibilia, and author of Why Fish Don't Exist. Her reporting has won honors from the Associated Press, the Peabody Awards, and the National Center on Disability and Journalism. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Orion, and beyond. She lives in Chicago with her wife and son.