Emotion News

Sense of Meaning & Purpose Linked to Longer Life

November 8th, 2014
A new study found that people with the greatest well-being are 30 percent less likely to die during an eight-year follow-up period than those with the least well-being. For the study, researchers at the University College London (UCL), Princeton University, and Stony Brook ...

Cliques More Common In Schools that Offer Options

November 7th, 2014
New research studies high school cliques and how school size and openness to choice affects the shape of adolescent social networks. The networks, or cliques are not a new fad as sociologists have been studying their role for decades. The groupings are ...

Compassion Can Drive Aggression

November 7th, 2014
Caring for others or feeling empathy is a trait believed to be unique to the human condition. New research suggests that while empathy can inspire gentle emotions and encourage nurturing behaviors, the feeling is also linked to unprovoked aggression. University of ...

Conflict Stalemates Can Stem from Misreading Motivations

November 5th, 2014
A new study suggests intractable conflicts are often the result of misunderstanding what is motivating each side. Researchers believe the setting, be it politics in the United States or violent conflict in the Mideast, can be corrected by a better understanding of motivations ...

Should Individual Happiness Be a Political Goal?

November 5th, 2014
A new study examines the benefit of developing a unit of measurement that could serve as a proxy for individual happiness and psychological well-being. The measure could reflect societal conditions and the effectiveness of social policies. The metric could then be used in ...

Meditation, Support Groups Shown to Impact Cell Biology in Cancer Survivors

November 4th, 2014
Canadian researchers say they have proof that practicing mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. Investigators from the Alberta Health Services' Tom Baker Cancer Centre discovered that telomeres ...

Changes in Speech Patterns Could Be Used to Monitor Mental Health

November 2nd, 2014
New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health. It’s based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen. Researchers envision the day when those ...

Are Your Sexual Fantasies Normal?

November 1st, 2014
Having sex with two women is a common fantasy, but fantasizing about "golden showers" or sex with a prostitute is not, according to a new study. Researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal, affiliated with ...

Parenting Style Probably Does Not Raise IQ in Children

October 31st, 2014
The ability to improve intelligence by environmental manipulation remains a subject of considerable debate. New research explores if a parents interactions with their child can help boost the child’s intelligence. For example, does reading bedtime stories, engaging in ...

Sad Feelings Persist Much Longer than other Emotions

October 31st, 2014
As humans we all have emotional responses to change and transition. New research helps to explain the emotion of sadness and why sadness seems to last longer than other emotions. In the study, investigators discovered a person can feel sad up to 240 ...