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The New Science of Human Emotions

Len Mlodinow in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

59 mins watch time

Posted January 2022

Neuroscience, Psychology

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 shows us how our emotions help, why they sometimes hurt, and what we can make of the difference.