#UDLchat Summer Hiatus Book Study

How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett

#UDLchat is on summer hiatus!

There will be no regular live chat during the rest of June and July, but Lisa Carey & Mindy Johnson will be leading a "slow chat" book study during that time, focusing on Lisa Feldman Barrett's How Emotions Are Made. Keep checking this schedule for updates!

Want some more information on virtual book studies? Check out this blog post: Virtual Book Studies: Professional Learning in your PJs on the Kennedy Krieger Institute's blog.

What's a slow chat?

We're so glad you asked! A slow chat is a type of Twitter chat that takes advantage of an asynchronous conversation over a longer period of time than a typical synchronous Twitter chat.

What do I need to do?

Our book study slow chat will use a weekly question/task format using the #UDLchat hashtag. By 12 pm ET (UTC-5) each Monday, Lisa or Mindy will pose questions and tasks focused on that week's reading assignment. You can also get previews and reminders of these questions and tasks in this digital flyer.

Here's what you, as a participant, are responsible for:

  • Answer the weekly questions or complete the tasks sometime within the week (or after... it's your book study!). We'll start the questions with Q1, Q2, Q3, ... so your corresponding answers should start with A1, A2, A3, ... depending on which question you're answering. And feel free to pick and choose the questions or tasks you find most engaging or helpful. It's your book study!
  • Respond to other participants' answers or tasks. Book studies are more valuable the more interactions you have around the topics and content. Take advantage of this community to enhance your learning.
  • Use the #UDLchat hashtag in all your tweets. You might want to check out Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to help you follow the conversation more easily.
  • Ask your own questions. This book raises a lot of great issues and new concepts, but some of it may prompt questions of your own. Feel free to post them and answer others' questions.
  • Have fun learning with your PLN!

Twitter participation tips

In the spirit of keeping UDL in mind as we post our thoughts and ideas using the #UDLchat hashtag, here are some reminders about good UDL Twitter conversation etiquette:

  • THINK before you post: Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind? We may disagree, and we often learn the most when we do, but we can also be respectful and grateful for the different perspective.
  • If you post an image, remember to add a text description. Twitter has some great instructions for how to add image descriptions or check out Best Practices for Accessible Social Media from Mindy Johnson at the AEM Center at CAST. Remember, GIFs are the only images that can't use image descriptions on Twitter, so include those in the main text of your post.
  • If you post a video, make sure it has captions. If it doesn't, sometimes contacting the video creator and telling them about the benefits of closed captioning is enough so they add them. You can also ask the video creator to change the settings on the video so the community can add captions.

Reading Assignments & Slow Chat Questions/Tasks

Week 1: June 17th


Slow Chat:

  • Q1: What do you think of Dr. Barrett's claim that we have control over and responsibility for our emotions?
  • Task (optional): Share an example of a time you felt control over your emotions. How did it feel? Looking back on the experience, were you conscious of how you were controlling your emotions?

Week 2: June 24th


  • Introduction: The Two-Thousand-Year-Old Assumption
  • Chapter 1: The Search for Emotion’s “Fingerprints”
  • Chapter 2: Emotions Are Constructed

Slow Chat:

  • Q2: How does the proposal of the theory of constructed emotion conflict with your experiences of emotion?
  • Q3: How does understanding degeneracy challenge what you know about the brain?
  • Q4: Dr. Barrett suggests changing how we talk about emotions. What shifts in education would need to occur based on these recommendations?
  • Q5: How does the theory that we use concepts of emotion to simulate and construct emotion impact how we teach emotional intelligence and social skills to students?
  • Task (optional): Post a provocative or favorite quote from the introduction, chapter 1, or chapter 2. Try posting it with an image (and don't forget to add an image description)!

Week 3: July 1st


  • Chapter 3: The Myth of Universal Emotions

  • Chapter 4: The Origin of Feeling

Slow Chat:

  • Q6: How does understanding that we interpret the emotions of facial configurations within a much richer context impact how we teach and relate to students?

Week 4: July 8th


  • Chapter 5: Concepts, Goals, and Words

  • Chapter 6: How the Brain Makes Emotions

Slow Chat:

  • Q7: Choose a provocative quote from any of the first 6 chapters and post it (with an image/description if you choose). Why did you choose this quote?
  • Q8: How has your thinking changed about our emotions' role in learning, if at all? What might you do differently in planning for this new perspective in your learning environment?

Week 5: July 15th


  • Chapter 7: Emotions as Social Reality

  • Chapter 8: A New View of Human Nature
  • Chapter 9: Mastering Your Emotions

Slow Chat:

  • Q9: In Chapter 7, @LFeldmanBarrett introduces the concept that emotion concepts are culturally-dependent. What might this mean in terms of the range of variability you encounter with your learners?
  • Q10: If part of mastering our emotions is constructing new concepts for our brains to use as predictions. How might you use this idea with your learners (or not)?

Week 6: July 22nd


  • Chapter 10: Emotion and Illness

  • Chapter 11: Emotion and the Law

Slow Chat:

  • Q11: @LFeldmanBarrett claims in Chapter 10 that illness is neither purely biological nor purely mental, that there are elements of both in any illness. What might this mean for how you think of your own health and wellbeing?
  • Q12: Think back to the @NPRinvisibilia episode on Emotions. After reading the chapter on Emotion and the Law, have your thoughts about the legal situation discussed in the podcast changed? How so, or how not?

Week 7: July 29th


  • Chapter 12: Is a Growling Dog Angry?

  • Chapter 13: From Brain to Mind: The New Frontier

Slow Chat:

  • Q13:
  • Q14:
  • Q15: