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Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D.
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.
Experiencing positive emotions during difficult situations can help us cope with stress and benefit our well-being.
A neuroscientist explains the mechanisms and motives behind our urge to seek information.
Recent research suggests ways to successfully persist at everyday aversive activities in order to reach our goals.
A leading expert weighs in on the what, why, and how of the strength-based approach in parenting, work, relationships, and self-actualisation.
A recent study offers new insight into the universal and variable ways emotion terms convey meaning across languages and cultures.
New research explores the link between having a global identity and pro-environmental behavior.
The word “hate” is used far too often and too casually in daily life. As psychological research reveals, "to hate" means much more than "to dislike."
Twin studies shed light on the heritable component of well-being.
A recent review explores the mechanisms of how positive emotions can contribute to physical well-being.
After reviewing myriads of studies that explored the science behind a joyful life, psychologist Dacher Keltner arrived at a formula.
What if resilience depended equally on the world around us, as the world within us? An expert resilience researcher and therapist explains the power of our resources.
New research explores the neural mechanisms of how motivation can bias perception.
New research explores the role of culture on the link between negative emotions and health outcomes.
Our cultures—diverse and magnificent—color the way we experience the world and shed light on what it means to be human.
Marianna Pogosyan, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Cultural Psychology and a consultant specialising in cross-cultural transitions.