Thu, 4 March 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett

Why do you have a brain and how does it work? One of the top 1% most cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary neuroscience research, Lisa Feldman Barrett is here with answers.

Where do brains come from? How are they structured (and why does it matter)? How does your brain work in tandem with others to create everything you experience?

Full of surprises and equipped with the latest insights from her field, Lisa Feldman Barrett is here to do for neuroscience what Carlo Rovelli has done for theoretical physics and Neil deGrasse Tyson for cosmology.

Sharing mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of research, Dr Feldman Barrett will demystify the brain with wit and humour, sharing valuable insights into human nature while tackling some of the popular myths and misunderstandings that we’ve been taught – from the ‘lizard brain’ to the battle between thoughts and emotions, and the alleged conflict between nature and nurture to determine your behaviour.

Praise for Lisa Feldman Barrett’s Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain:

‘Beautiful writing and sublime insights that will blow your mind’ – David Eagleman, author of Incognito

‘A smart and delightfully breezy look at the things most of us think we know about the brain, but don’t’ Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

‘Read this book! It will make you smarter about yourself, and your species’ – Leonard Mlodinow, author of The Drunkard’s Walk


Credit to the event illustration goes to Chris Gash. We encourage you to visit his website to see his incredible work.

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Lisa Feldman Barrett

Psychologist and Neuroscientist

Lisa Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University with appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Barrett was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in neuroscience in 2019, and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. She lives in Boston.