Why do we smile, laugh and actively seek out personal connections with the people around us? Why does it feel good and what evolutionary purposes do our so-called “positive emotions” serve? This in-depth conversation between Howard Burton and Barbara Fredrickson, Director Positive Emotions & Psychology Laboratory at UNC Chapel Hill, explores her fascinating work on the science of positive emotions, including her broaden-and-build theory, the undoing effect and upward spirals, while highlighting relevant evolutionary-driven hypotheses together with measurement details of empirical studies.
Howard Burton holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. For his award-winning initiative Ideas Roadshow, Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 world-leading experts, including 3 Nobel Laureates. For further details visit our website: ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.