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Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

Groundbreaking pioneer in positive psychology

What is love? This is one of the many questions Barbara Fredrickson is asking. A leading scholar in social psychology, affective science (the study of emotion), and positive psychology, her renowned research unpacks the science behind love, joy, inspiration, and pride, among other positive emotions.

After getting her doctorate from Stanford University and teaching at the University of Michigan for a decade, Dr. Frederickson became Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is the director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab).

In Dr. Frederickson’s first book, Positivity, she explains how positive emotions broaden people’s minds, build their resourcefulness, and help them achieve what they formerly thought impossible. In her most recent book, Love 2.0, she investigates the supreme emotion of love, looking at micro-moments of connection and how love can affect our biological and cellular makeup over time.

Recognized with numerous honors, Dr. Frederickson’s research has received more than 16 consecutive years of funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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