Psychology

Fear, anger, sadness. It is often assumed these emotion concepts are the same the world over, but new research suggests there is greater cross-cultural variation in how people think about emotions than is widely assumed, Dr Joseph Watts says. Dr Watts, a Research Fellow in the University of Otago’s Religion Programme, is part of an… Read more

In the field of psychology, the image is canon: a child sitting in front of a marshmallow, resisting the temptation to eat it. If she musters up the willpower to resist long enough, she’ll be rewarded when the experimenter returns with a second marshmallow. Using this ‘marshmallow test’, the Austrian-born psychologist Walter Mischel demonstrated that… Read more

Michelangelo reportedly said the job of every sculptor is to discover the statue inside the stone, then work around it. Liberate the form. But how do we know the right chisel from the wrong, the good idea from the bad? “Evaluating creativity is difficult. A lot of research suggests that people are not very good… Read more

Nothing Jenn and Jason learned in parenting class prepared them for the challenges they’ve faced raising a child prone to violent outbursts. The couple are parents to two siblings. They first fostered the children as toddlers and later adopted them. (KHN has agreed not to use the children’s names or the couple’s last names because… Read more

People given accurate statistics on a controversial issue tended to misremember those numbers to fit commonly held beliefs, a study from Ohio State University reports[1]. “People can self-generate their own misinformation. It doesn’t all come from external sources. They may not be doing it purposely, but their own biases can lead them astray. And the… Read more