Op-Eds by Lisa Feldman Barrett

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IASL in Other News


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Psychology expert offers advice for less stress, more joy during the holidays, news@Northeastern, December 21, 2016. Lisa Feldman Barrett offers advice on avoiding seasonal affective disorder.

After election stress, movie-going and NFL ratings are up, Marketplace, November 14, 2016. Lisa Feldman Barrett comments on copying after the election.

How to (Kind of) Master Your Neuroticism, New York Magazine, November 11, 2016.

The Critical Role of Self-Care for Handling Post-Election Stress, Wired, November 10, 2016.

Having Finely Tuned Emotions Will Help You Process Trump’s Win, New York Magazine, November 10, 2016. More on emotional granularity and its benefits.

Lying may be your brain's fault, honestly, CNN, October 24, 2016. Lisa Feldman Barrett comments critically on the recent study in Nature Neuroscience on lying and the amygdala.

Lisa Feldman Barrett was a guest on WBZ Radio (Boston), November 9, 2016, discussing how people can deal with their emotions after the 2016 election.

Too Sweet, Or Too Shrill? The Double Bind For Women, Hidden Brain, National Public Radio, October 18, 2016. (Lisa Feldman Barrett begins at 17:15.)

Lisa Feldman Barrett was a commentator on CNBC after the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, discussing sex role stereotypes and the election. October 9, 2016.

Clues to how ‘super-agers’ retain young memories, Harvard Gazette, September 13, 2016.

How Meat Labels Trick Your Mind, Live Science, September 1, 2016. Our feelings about how animals are raised influence how meat tastes. (Press release.) Also covered by New York Magazine, Men's Fitness, and Medical Daily, among others.

Ultrathin Electric 'Tattoo' Can Monitor Muscles and More, Live Science, July 22, 2016.

Psychology Is in Crisis Over Whether It's in Crisis, Wired, March 3, 2016. Lisa Feldman Barrett weighs in again on the so-called replication crisis in psychology.

The Predictive Brain: Lisa Feldman Barrett's response to the 2016 Edge question, "What do you consider the most interesting recent [scientific] news?"

Lisa Feldman Barrett was interviewed for We Asked Scientists: Just How Punchable Is Martin Shkreli’s Face?, ThinkProgress, February 10, 2016.

Lisa Feldman Barrett in Psychology Today on Odd Emotions, January 5, 2016.

Lisa Feldman Barrett speaks about variability in emotion in the article "Control Yourself" in New Scientist magazine, January 2, 2016.


Lisa Feldman Barrett explains the embarrassed brain on WBUR's RadioTimes: So You've Been Humiliated, December 21, 2015.

Lisa Feldman Barrett provides Six Psychologist-Approved Tips for Keeping New Year's Resolutions, Boston Magazine, December 18, 2015.

Philosopher Alva Noë wrote a blog post, A New Way to Look at Emotions, about Lisa Feldman Barrett's Op-Ed in the New York Times. Posted on npr.org on August 7, 2015.

How Pixar’s "Inside Out" Gets One Thing Deeply Wrong, CommonHealth blog, July 5, 2015.

The Toronto Star interviewed Lisa Feldman Barrett for their article, Going through the emotions — did 'Inside Out' get it right?, July 5, 2015.

Lisa Feldman Barrett is quoted in the Boston Globe: Understanding stress and its signals. Published June 12, 2015. This column is regarding her new paper with W. Kyle Simmons in Nature Reviews Neuroscience on interoceptive predictions in the brain.


An interview with Lisa Feldman Barrett about her life and research: Why Emotions Are Situated Conceptualizations, Emotion Researcher, the official newsletter of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), November 24, 2014.

Discovering the Ecology of the Mind, Science 2034, November 6, 2014.

Lisa Feldman Barrett describes prediction in the brain in Nautilus issue 19, How Your Brain Decides Without You, November 6, 2014.

A profile of The Lisa Feldman Barrett lab, Science, September 30, 2014.

What's In A Grunt — Or A Sigh, Or A Sob? Depends On Where You Hear It, NPR's All Things Considered, May 30, 2014.

A Face Doesn't Speak for Itself, Aljazeera America, April 13, 2014.

Facial Expressions Aren't As Universal As Scientists Have Thought, Popular Science, April 11, 2014.

Nonverbal Accents: Cultural Nuances in Emotional Expression, APS Observer, Vol. 27, No. 4, April, 2014.

Faces of Anger, Happiness, and Sadness Across Culture, Voice of Russia US, March 11, 2014. (Includes an audio interview.)

Lisa Feldman Barrett's short essay criticizing Essentialist Views of the Mind for edge.org's annual question was mentioned in the New York Times on January 14, 2014.


Northeastern researchers experiment with fear at Newton haunted house, Boston Globe, October 25, 2013.

About-Face: Rethinking Emotions, an interview with Lisa Feldman Barrett on Radio Boston on WBUR, July 19, 2013.

About Face, a feature article on Lisa Feldman Barrett in Boston Magazine, July 2013.

Lisa Feldman Barrett was a featured expert on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on The Science Channel, June 19, 2013. The episode was titled, "How Do Aliens Think?"

The fruits of undergraduate research (in the IASL), news@Northeastern, June 11, 2013.


Victory Or Defeat? Emotions Aren't All In The Face, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, November 30, 2012.

The annual IASLab Haunted House for Charity was written up as a news item in Science, 26 October 2012, Vol. 338, no. 6106, p. 450.

What’s the difference between sad and angry?, iNSolution Research Blog, September 26, 2012.

Feeling Guilty Versus Feeling Angry – Who Can Tell the Difference?, APS press release, September 24, 2012.

Lisa Feldman Barrett Receives Highest Canadian Scholarly Award, APS Daily Observations, July 12, 2012.

Why I Covet The iPad, Psychology Today blog, June 5, 2012.

Give Affect Science, Get Positive Emotion, Daily Observations, APS Observer, May 3, 2012.

Redefining Emotion, news@Northeastern, April 24, 2012.

The emoticon on your face, The Boston Globe, February 12, 2012.

Feelings mean nothing without context. Psychology Today, January 1, 2012.


Grumpy old gorilla apes aging human males, Globe and Mail, December 14, 2011.

Was Darwin Wrong About Emotions?, APS press release, December 13, 2011.

A meeting of the minds, news@Northeastern, December 6, 2011.

How the brain works with feelings, news@Northeastern, November 22, 2011.

Press coverage for More than a body: Mind perception and the nature of objectification in JPSP: Scientific American, Science Daily, The Daily Mail, Wired, and Slate.

For the seventh year in a row, the IASL volunteered in a Halloween haunted house for charity run by Lisa Feldman Barrett's family. The event was featured on WCVB TV, Boston and raised $1600 for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

A review of emotion recognition research, published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, is receiving media attention: The Vancouver Sun, Canada.com.

In Reading Facial Emotion, Context Is Everything, a press release from the Association for Psychological Science, October 3, 2011.

Integrative Psychological Science, APS Observer, July/August 2011.

Lisa Feldman Barrett was interviewed on WGBH Radio on the Callie Crossley Show on July 19, 2011: Gossip and the Brain.

Boston Magazine published an interview with Lisa Feldman Barrett on June 8, 2011.

Our study on negative gossip and vision, published in the journal Science, was reported in dozens of news outlets in May and June, including National Public Radio, WGBH TV, Time Magazine, Discover Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post USA Today CBC Radio, and more. See also the Northeastern University news story and video.

Day At The Museum: Living Laboratory Brings Psychological Science To The Public, APS Observer, Vol. 24, No. 3, March, 2011.

The key to your relationships lies deep in your brain, Globe And Mail, January 30, 2011.


Our study in Nature Neuroscience of amygdala size and social networks was reported in over 500 news outlets, including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, the BBC, The Guardian, and the Associated Press. See also the Northeastern University news story.

Sweet Emotion, a profile of Lisa Feldman Barrett's research, Northeastern University College of Science, December 14, 2010.

Studying our emotional life, news@Northeastern, November 15, 2010.

IASL personnel volunteered their time for a charity haunted house, October 30, 2010. They raised nearly $2500 for the Greater Boston Food Bank. This has been an annual lab activity since 2005.

Peering Inside the Social Brain, Science Careers, May 14, 2010.


Scientifically Scary, APS Observer, Vol. 22, No. 9, November, 2009.

What do you see? Emotion may help the visual system jump the gun to predict what the brain will see, ScienceNews, Vol. 176, No. 5, August 29, 2009, p. 22.

She's emotional. He's having a bad day. Newsweek, June 25, 2009.


Lisa Feldman Barrett named 2009 AAAS Fellow, Boston College press release, December 19, 2008.

The Role of Emotional Literacy in Public Health: Barrett Testifies at Congressional Hearing, APS Observer, Vol. 21, No. 10, November, 2008.


Go Ahead. Be Emotional, Motley Fool, December 10, 2007.

How Emotions Fuel Good Decisions (Hotter Heads Prevail), Harvard Business Review, December 2007.

That poker face may be hurting your hand, Globe and Mail, September 22, 2007.

Lisa Feldman Barrett wins NIH Director's Pioneer Award: see the NIH press release and recipient list, September 18, 2007.

16 area scientists awarded NIH grants for innovative study, Boston Globe, September 19, 2007

Second emotions: The invention of love and other feelings, Boston College Magazine, Winter 2007.

Fully Frank: Market for hot heads after all, Herald Sun News, September 18, 2007.

Hot-headed investors make better decisions: study, Reuters, September 13, 2007.

2007-2008 Cattell Fund Fellowships Announced, APS Observer, Volume 20, Number 6, June/July 2007.

Her quest is to understand emotion, Boston Globe, August 14, 2006.

How Random is That?, APS Observer, Volume 18, Number 9, September 2005.

So You Want To Be a Social Neuroscientist?, APS Observer, Volume 16, Number 4, April 2003.

Learning by doing: Four keys to fostering undergraduate research in your laboratory, APA Monitor, Volume 33, No. 11, December 2002.

Palm readings: Lisa Feldman Barrett is looking for happiness (and sadness), Boston College Magazine, Spring 2001.