Episode 0 Intro | The Feelings Lab

Published on Sep 26, 2021

Welcome to the launch of The Feelings Lab, a new podcast series from Hume AI. Grab a friend and set out on a journey with our expert hosts and celebrity guests as we explore the new frontier of emotion science and its lessons for creating a more empathic future.

In this introductory episode, you’ll meet our hosts, learn about the origins of emotion science, discover how advances in big data and statistics are enabling scientists to map our emotions and lend profound new insight into our inner lives, AND find out that mice are actually ticklish!

Our Hosts:

Dr. Alan Cowen, Hume's Chief Scientist and CEO, is an applied mathematician and computational emotion scientist who has developed new data-driven methods to study human experience and expression.

Dr. Dacher Keltner, Hume's Chief Scientific Advisor, is a professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. Professor Keltner's research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, and humility, as well as power, social class, and inequality.

Danielle Krettek Cobb founded Google Empathy Lab in 2015 out of a desire to create humane, prosocial technology informed by empathy, resilience, and wisdom of heart.

Matt Forte hosted Verizon’s BUILD podcast series, logging hundreds of hours exploring the work of some of today’s most prolific creators, actors, authors, musicians, scientists and more.

Preview some clips from the episode below:

Hear Dr. Alan Cowen discuss how emotion scientists overcome subjectivity and the limitations of language to study human feelings.

Listen to Dr. Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at the University of California, discuss the trajectory of emotion science from Darwin to Ekman to Dr. Cowen and his data-driven methods.

Hear Danielle Krettek, the director of Google’s Empathy Lab, discusses how we are entering a new era of technology designed to serve, expand, and nourish human emotion.

And hear Dr. Alan Cowen, Hume’s Chief Scientist, discuss how almost every mammal at a young age engages in rough and tumble play and, in many cases, makes vocalizations similar to laughter.

All this and more can be found in our full episode, available on Apple and Spotify

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