Neuroscience - Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett - Experiences

Neuroscience - Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett - Experiences

How The Brain Works, Why It Matters, and How Experiences Shape The Brain

Our brains do much more than think—they regulate our internal systems, construct our experiences, and impact human nature, emotion, and interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett is among the top one percent most cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary research in psychology and neuroscience and today she joins Dr. Greg Kelly to delve into the inner workings of the brain. We peel back layers to better understand, not just how our fascinating brain works, but how the power of understanding these concepts allows us to cultivate new experiences and exhibit more control over our lives.

Key Takeaways:

  • The human brain's main function is to regulate the body's internal systems through efficient prediction and adjustment, a concept Dr. Barrett refers to as "body budgeting."
  • Our experiences, including emotions and perceptions, are constructed through the brain's predictions based on past events, instead of being mere reactions to the present sensory inputs.
  • Learning to predict differently and the flexibility of adapting to new predictions are essential for personal growth and can be actively cultivated via neuroplasticity.
  • Social interactions are fundamentally linked to our body budgeting, where other humans can be the most replenishing or draining influence on one's nervous system.
  • Engaging in kindness towards others and receiving social support can serve as significant contributions to one's "body budget," enhancing overall well-being.
Everything you learn today seeds your brain to predict differently tomorrow. - Lisa Feldman Barrett, Ph.D

If you love the brain like we do, this episode is for you. Listen now. 

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