A budget for your body

A note for Lesson no. 6, "Brains Make More Than One Kind of Mind," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
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Affect is like a barometer for how you’re doing. Remember, your brain is constantly running a budget for your body.

The scientific name for body-budgeting is allostasis, as described in the Half-Lesson. I introduced the budget metaphor in How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.[1] The barometer metaphor comes from my TEDx talk on affect (or mood).

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References

  1. Barrett, Lisa Feldman. 2017. How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, chapter 4. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.