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My webinar notes are written out and sketched on my ipad Pro using the notability app. I welcome feedback, questions, discussion, corrections. Some of these notes may be reworked into infographics in the future.

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How Emotions Are Made

I first heard of Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett's work in a webinar by Dr. Susan Friedman.


Traditionally, we think emotions are triggered, where certain parts of the brain get activated. Apparently this is a myth! According to the latest science, emotions are constructed. In other words, emotions (or emotional behaviors/signifiers) are neither universal nor innate. Neither are emoji. Emotions/emotional behaviors/emotional language are all cultural constructs.


Emotions are also not to be confused with affect (or affective state).


AFFECT (Arousal- Valence)

*The dog behavior/body language drawings are my own interpretation.

I wonder if AFFECT is respondent behavior and everything that follows is OPERANT?


This is a wonderful summary of Dr. Lisa Feldman-Barret's book. Everybody needs to watch this video:


Please let me know what you think!



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