Thinking about the future helps overcome conflicts, according to a new study. The findings have potential implications for understanding how prospection, or future-thinking, can be a beneficial strategy for a variety of conflicts people experience in their everyday lives. Alex Huynh, a doctoral candidate in psychology and lead author of the study, said: “When romantic… Read more

Despite the cliche that “revenge is sweet,” years of experimental research have suggested otherwise. Now, new research adds another twist, showing that our love-hate relationship with this dark desire is indeed a mixed bag, making us feel both good and bad, for reasons we might not expect. Fade Eadeh, a doctoral student in psychological and… Read more

Emotions play a critical role in everyday life. The ability to express, regulate, and understand one’s own and others’ emotions – known as emotional competence – is linked to good social skills and to doing better at school. Children and adults who are emotionally competent tend to have more successful social lives. And children with… Read more

When people talk or sing, they often nod, tilt or bow their heads to reinforce verbal messages. But how effective are these head gestures at conveying emotions? Very effective, according to researchers from McGill University in Montreal. Steven R. Livingstone and Caroline Palmer, from McGill’s Department of Psychology, found that people were highly accurate at… Read more

The human brain processes the experience of empathy – the ability to understand another person’s pain – in a similar way to the experience of physical pain. This was the finding of a paper that specifically investigated the kind of empathy people feel when they see others in pain – but it could apply to… Read more