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

A child’s brain is not just an incomplete adult brain in a smaller size, research from the University of Jyväskylä indicates. For the brain, childhood and youth are special stages, as the neural networks are then especially adaptable and responsive to environmental interaction. The development of the brain is often conceived as a series of… Read more

A new, 2,000-participants study from Northwestern University found that toddlers with fewer spoken words have more frequent and severe temper tantrums than their peers with typical language skills. Toddler speech delays and temper tantrums have long been assumed to go hand in hand, but until now, no large-scale research had successfully backed up that assumption… Read more

Except for various cartoon characters, the Geico Gecko and Mr. Ed, animals can’t speak. Yet they have a lot to say to scientists trying to figure out the origins of human language. Speaking isn’t the only avenue for language. After all, linguistic messaging can be transmitted by hand signals. Or handwriting. Or texting. But speech… Read more