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About Lisa Feldman Barrett

Dr. Barrett's research focuses on the nature of emotion from both psychological and neuroscience perspectives, and takes inspiration from anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics. Her lab takes an interdisciplinary perspective approach, and incorporates methods from social, clinical, and personality psychology, psychophysiology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, and visual cognition. Current projects focus on understanding the psychological construction of emotion (i.e., how basic affective and conceptual ingredients provide the recipes for emotional experiences), age- and disease-related changes in affective circuitry within the human brain, how language and context influence emotion perception, how affect influences vision, and sex differences in emotion.


Present Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University
Present Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Present Research Neuroscientist, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital


Research Interests

Psychology of emotion

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Contact Information

125 Nightingale Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
617-373-3078 (office)
617-373-8714 (fax)