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Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D.
Awe binds humans to their environments and to each other in extraordinary ways. An expert on this complex emotion explains how.
A psychologist who has studied human relationships for 5 decades busts 11 common myths about interpersonal chemistry.
Why do we click with some people better than with others? Recent research sheds light on the psychology of interpersonal chemistry.
The brain’s ability to register, interpret, and integrate bodily signals is deeply consequential for our well-being. Here's how it works.
How confidence in our abilities to accomplish our goals is key to success.
Drawing on our various intelligences, cultural intelligence allows us to find solutions, adapt to our environment, and learn from each other.
As a distinct, yet correlated dimension of a good life, the psychologically rich life is a life of curiosity and exploration.
According to network neuroscience research, general intelligence reflects individual differences in the efficiency and flexibility of brain networks.
Compassion is among the defining features of humanity. Yet the meaning and expression of compassion can vary widely across cultures.
To acquire a deep understanding of a new culture, interact with the locals. This exposure can activate the brain’s implicit learning mechanisms.
Many life experiences help us grow. So can reading fiction. A psychologist explains how books can help us develop our key emotional and cognitive skills.
Belonging not only feels good—it also does us good. Research shows how we can strengthen our sense of belonging through our connection with others and with nature.
According to 3 research-based models, happiness can be successfully pursued, given that we have the “will” and the “proper way” to do it.
The human face can express a myriad of emotions. What gets lost most often in translation are the nuances of emotions—in part due to cultural accents in facial signaling.
A recent review explores the mechanisms of affect labeling and its influence on our emotional experiences.
Our wishes can offer extraordinary insights into ourselves.
Unraveling the brain mechanisms involved in the experience of pleasure and happiness could point to what human flourishing truly means.
We have an arsenal of researched-backed skills and competencies that can help us buffer against stress, bolster mental health and build new capacities—during and post-pandemic.
A recent study shows that Yale’s popular course, "The Science of Well-Being" can actually improve the well-being of those who complete it.
Is optimism always adaptive? Defensive pessimism sometimes helps to manage anxiety and provide a sense of control.
Only less that 2 percent of our conversations end at the time when both people want them to end. Recent research explains why.
Recent studies show the benefits of adopting a strengths-based, preferred future-oriented approach in therapy. A positive CBT expert explains how to do this in everyday life.
How many atoms does it take to make you? What’s the lifespan of your DNA? How much information can your brain store?
Is it better to regulate our emotions or to let them run their course? Why is suppression mostly unhelpful? How can we get better at managing our emotions? An expert explains.
Forest bathing has been shown to benefit the mind and the body. Experts reveal how to tap into the healing power of the forest.
How the Danes do happiness.
A psychologist reveals his insights on the power of storytelling, healing, and compassion from a life spent between cultures.
Recent research into stress optimization explores how to effectively use stress to our advantage.
As translators of psychological research for wider audiences, science writers are bridge-builders. Here is an inside look at exploring findings on the human mind.
By examining how prejudice operates in the brain, researchers are uncovering not only how complex it is, but also how it might be controlled.
Marianna Pogosyan, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Cultural Psychology and a consultant specialising in cross-cultural transitions.