How to think about feelings – with Leonard Mlodinow

From The Royal Institution.

We’re told we need to master our emotions and think rationally to succeed. But cutting-edge science shows that feelings are every bit as important to our success as thinking.

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0:00 Introduction
0:36 What is emotion?
5:27 Uncertainty in neuroscience
6:50 Plato’s perception of the brain
8:09 Darwin’s theory on human emotion
14:50 How does emotion vary culturally?
18:13 Other emotional creatures from fruit flies to bacteria
22:18 Why have we evolved to be emotional?
29:03 How neuroimaging has changed the emotional game
34:32 The value of emotional intelligence
38:09 Reappraisal as a tool for emotional regulation
47:40 What research can tell us about the real world

This video was livestreamed from the Royal Institution on 23 March 2022.

Leonard Mlodinow is a scientist turned storyteller. He is the bestselling author of ‘The Drunkard’s Walk’, ‘Subliminal’ and ‘Elastic’. He co-authored two books with Stephen Hawking and later wrote an acclaimed memoir, ‘Stephen Hawking’, about their time together. He has written for television, including multiple episodes of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, as well as helping Steven Spielberg and Robin Williams make a video game. There are now over one million copies of Leonard Mlodinow’s books in print.

Leonard’s latest book, Emotional: The New Thinking About Feelings, is available from Amazon and all good bookstores.

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