Feelings of sympathy and compassion – what psychologists call empathic concern – may be part of a larger “communal emotion,” according to new work by researchers in Norway, Portugal and the United States. Psychologists have traditionally thought of empathic concern
One of the most insidious kinds of stigma people with mental health conditions face is self-stigma. When you’re surrounded by a culture that stigmatizes mental illness, it’s natural that these attitudes can affect the way you see your own mental
Your teeth and your brain might not seem like they have much in common, but researchers have consistently found a relationship between mental health and oral health. For example, a systematic review of studies published in 2015 showed that people
If you could choose to master any life skill, optimism wouldn’t be a bad place to start. That and four other life skills have been linked to health, happiness and even financial wealth later in life. Psychologists have known for
Often it’s the things we didn’t do that we regret the most – not the things we did do but shouldn’t have. And when we take risks in life, often it’s because we realize that sometimes it’s worse to not
Customer satisfaction is important, and if you work in higher education, you know that schools are no exception. At colleges, student evaluations of teachers often factor into hirings, firings, promotions – and, of course, tenure, the holy grail for professors.
Babies have a certain genius when it comes to learning language, and it turns out that some of the pieces of language acquisition are already in place at birth. In particular, babies seem to have brains that react differently to
Chess is a game that involves critical thinking, focus, spatial reasoning, and a whole range of complex cognitive skills. It’s also a game that’s just plain fun. Put those two things together, and you might have the perfect teaching tool.
Maybe unethical behavior makes your blood boil, or maybe it just plain disgusts you. Apparently, whether immoral actions provoke disgust or anger in you influences how you’ll respond. Psychologists have known that people can react to immoral behavior with anger
Forget your weekly therapy appointment. What about your weekly therapy dog appointment? A group of psychologists in the UK have found that even spending a short period of time with a therapy dog can be good for your mental health.