Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, is a leading scholar in social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology. Her research, centered on a “broaden-and-build” theory, reveals how micro-moments of love and other positive emotional states contribute to wisdom, resilience, health, and overall well-being.
Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. Using research from her own lab, Barbara L. Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers.
Dr. Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina. She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology.