Cultivating Wisdom: The Power Of Mood | Lisa Feldman Barrett | TEDxCambridge

  • Published on May 18, 2018
  • Do you believe that what you see influences how you feel? Actually, the opposite is true: What you feel - your "affect" - influences what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett shares the groundbreaking discovery that you experience the world through affect-colored glasses. She also reveals how affect can be a source of wisdom that helps you to make better, wiser choices. Learn more at Lisa Feldman Barrett is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with positions in psychiatry and radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed research papers in top journals on emotion, psychology, and neuroscience. Her research teams span the globe, studying people in the West, the East, and remote parts of Africa. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 37

  • Nadine Marcus
    Nadine Marcus 10 days ago

    This video must be a test because The mouth noises make me angry.

  • EK Lim
    EK Lim 17 days ago

    so my certainty that Trump's Affect changes at every tweet is due to my Affect

  • Rosana Caliva
    Rosana Caliva 26 days ago

    Pueden traducirla al español, es muy interesante, e importante difundir este mensaje. gracias

  • Padmapriya Ernest
    Padmapriya Ernest 29 days ago +1

    Basically a tutorial on anger management in a rocket speed era of rushing everywhere to get there before the rest of fellowmen!! Good speech!!

  • Obey Silence
    Obey Silence Month ago

    Every social justice warrior and defender of PC-culture should watch this talk. Great!

  • thph
    thph 2 months ago

    Platitudes from a "psychologist and neuroscientist ".

  • Hannah White
    Hannah White 2 months ago +17

    Okay but please drink some water and position your mic correctly next time you give a talk, your cheek sounds are the ONLY think I can focus on

  • Berhane Gebriel
    Berhane Gebriel 2 months ago

    No Wander Knowing God Is The Beginning of Wisdom. Dress Code Is Very Important ln And At All Gatherings, Even If You A Scientist. Elizabeth George's Book,"Beautiful In God's Eyes" and "Loving God with All Your Mind" is To All Female Western Scientists. I Don't Know Anyone in The LGBT Community and I LOVE IT THAT WAY TO THE END.

  • kenny jacques
    kenny jacques 4 months ago

    8:10 describes being high AF.

  • chewyjello1
    chewyjello1 5 months ago +5

    I want to listen to this but the mic is making a sound that makes me feel like someone is smacking gum right in my ear! I just can't do it!! Agggghhhh!

  • Jessica Hicking
    Jessica Hicking 6 months ago +1

    Great speech!!!

  • Nemo Yang
    Nemo Yang 6 months ago +12

    Sorry, but did I heard her saliva in her mouth? A bit ASMR

    • Sarah Nolt
      Sarah Nolt 2 months ago

      Maybe you could ask yourself "How does my "observation" contribute to her presentation?..or even contribute anything to anyone's life?"

    • Ashley Good
      Ashley Good 5 months ago +1

      Nemo Yang amazing informations but hard to listen for me with all those sounds. She has a good mic😁

    • Jessica Hicking
      Jessica Hicking 6 months ago

      Really... Thats your take on her speech... So sorry she isnt perfect like u.. Smh.. Complete sarcasm btw!!!

  • Thank-full
    Thank-full 7 months ago

    Some good info, however....
    By what your saying Ms Barret, it sounds as if you're "affect" is: There is no such thing as truth. 2+2 will always equal 4---Never will it be anything you "think" it should be. It's the exact reason you trust the plane you're getting in, ready to fly over the Atlantic or anywhere else for that matter. That plane is built on precise mathematical facts.
    It's the pilot that "affects" me.

  • Mary Ellen B. Gomes
    Mary Ellen B. Gomes 7 months ago +1

    How ironic that Barrett’s message is to step back from our deeply held beliefs, to open our minds, and yet she uses an Obama victim story as an example of “fake news”. I would find her more authentic if she chose a “fake news” political story that conflicted with her political
    views. Barrett has NO DOUBT in her certainty that there is no “fake news” perpetrated by the media against someone she opposes, like
    Donald Trump. And yet, it is the rampant “fake news” that has managed to turn Trump into a sympathetic figure for those conservatives, who previously opposed to him. Perhaps Ms. Barrett needs to “dial down” her certainty, examine her deeply held beliefs, and she can be a better teacher to her students. Perhaps our liberal universities won’t need “safe spaces” where students are safe from opposing views.

    • annmarieknapp
      annmarieknapp 2 months ago

      This wasn't about politics.

    • Lisa W
      Lisa W 2 months ago

      Mary Ellen B. Gomes She’s talking about the science of the brain and potential practical applications.

  • Ardalan vf
    Ardalan vf 7 months ago +1

    The final practical message of taking deep breaths and make a pause reminds me of some eastern philosophy and approaches

  • Mahaveer Jain
    Mahaveer Jain 7 months ago +3

    Was Nadella of Microsoft is in the audience? at 17:00 , his expression for "obviously foolishness" term usage is so good...
    Very informative.
    I feel (!) the main challenge in adoption is with the clock cycle difference between the System1 and System2. If Affect uses System1 and awareness uses System2 it is cognitively inefficient to use System2 for all our choices. Deliberate practice would take several repeations to unlearn and replace the prior affect reactions. Any easy way out?

  • Venkatesh Kalla
    Venkatesh Kalla 8 months ago +2

    Nice talk. Regular Meditation helps us to use Affect to our advantage.

  • Mirka Bzdilová
    Mirka Bzdilová 8 months ago +1

    Thank you ! very wise words :)

  • Stephen Miller
    Stephen Miller 9 months ago +19

    Jesus Christ this lady is making a lot of flapping noise Drink some water and then give the speech so I can listen to it without the annoying Kottonmouth

    • annmarieknapp
      annmarieknapp 2 months ago +1

      Imagine giving a Ted talk. Chances are it's nerves. I have been a teaching professor and neuroscientist for 24 years. Even a veteran gets nerves.

    • Joe G
      Joe G 4 months ago +2

      This is like an example of the subject matter of the talk : The affect of irritability.

    • Kristina
      Kristina 7 months ago +3

      Hahahahahahahahaha oh my god that sound is getting to me too

    • Black Top
      Black Top 8 months ago +3

      Is it her? Or how far technology has come. As in her microphone will pick up all the sounds, unlike the ones years ago. And sound systems, have fine tuned sound as well..

  • Nguyễn Hải
    Nguyễn Hải Year ago +3

    i'm a big fan of you now Lisa!!!!

  • irem mldrn
    irem mldrn Year ago +3

    I'm the one of people who says she is awesome, thank you.

  • Denise Shull
    Denise Shull Year ago +7

    Fabulous!!! (and the essence of what we do at ReThink -- ReThink affect! -- to get better at recognizing and interpreting which helps you understand how to leverage it in the service of your goals!) THANKS LISA!! Your work is a big part of ReThink!

    • Christian Rabhansl
      Christian Rabhansl 3 days ago

      I really like the phrase "ReThink Affect"... good wording plus of course the video ist great!

  • Beka Kavtaradze
    Beka Kavtaradze Year ago +1


  • Suzanna Badalyan
    Suzanna Badalyan Year ago +7

    Worth watching, informative and wise talk, thank you.