Thu, 6 January 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

The New Science of Human Emotions

Len Mlodinow In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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We’ve been told we need to master our emotions and think rationally to succeed. But cutting-edge science shows that feelings are every bit as important to our success as thinking.

How can you connect better with others? How can you improve your relationship to frustration, fear, and anxiety? What can you do to live a happier life? The answers lie in understanding emotions.

You make hundreds of decisions every day, from what to eat for breakfast to how to influence people, and not one of them could be made without the essential component of emotion. It has long been held that thinking and feeling are separate and opposing forces in our behaviour. But now, extraordinary advances in psychology and neuroscience have proven that emotions are as critical to our wellbeing as thinking.

Taking us on a journey from the labs of pioneering scientists to real-world scenarios that have flirted with disaster, theoretical physicist and bestselling author Len Mlodinow returns to How To Academy to show how our emotions help, why they sometimes hurt, and what we can make of the difference.

Cutting-edge research and deep insights into our evolution, biology, and neuroscience promise to help us understand our emotions better and maximize their benefits. Told with characteristic clarity and fascinating stories, Mlodinow will explore the new science of feelings and offer an unmissable guide to making the most of one of nature’s greatest gifts to us.

Advance Praise for Len Mlodinow’s Emotional – The New Thinking About Feelings:

“Emotional is a captivating exploration of the science of emotions. Beautifully written and full of cutting-edge research, it is a crucial reminder of the power feelings have in our thinking” – Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better

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Leonard Mlodinow

Scientist and Storyteller

Leonard Mlodinow is a scientist turned storyteller. He is the bestselling author of The Drunkard’s Walk, Subliminal and Elastic. He co-authored two books with Stephen Hawking and later wrote an acclaimed memoir, Stephen Hawking, about their time together. He has written for television, including multiple episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as helping Steven Spielberg and Robin Williams make a video game. There are now over one million copies of Leonard Mlodinow’s books in print.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.