There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
Verified by Psychology Today
By Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, Ph.D. and Abigail Marsh, Ph.D. on December 19, 2018 in For Goodness’ Sake
Giving gifts feels good. Does that make the act of gift-giving fundamentally selfish?
By Elizabeth Emens JD, Ph.D. on December 07, 2018 in Life Admin
Is a fictional character getting credit for your work? We can choose to make holiday labor less laborious.
By Robert D. Mather Ph.D. on December 03, 2018 in The Conservative Social Psychologist
People who unselfishly give to others ascend social hierarchies. George H. W. Bush is an excellent example.
By Hal McDonald Ph.D. on September 28, 2018 in Time Travelling with Apollo
A recent study suggests that social media “likes” are just as rewarding to give as to receive.
By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 20, 2018 in Out of the Darkness
Would you donate your kidney to a stranger? Some people do, and their motivations present a puzzle.
By Barbara W. Sarnecka Ph.D. on September 12, 2018 in Thinking, Writing, Science
Humans, like other animals, prefer winners over losers. But new study shows that human children reject individuals who use violence to win.
By Suniya Luthar, Ph.D. on September 07, 2018 in Privileged But Pressured
Tweens rated by peers as highly popular show elevated risk for substance use at age 18; those rated as helpful come out ahead years later.
By Harriet Lerner Ph.D. on September 02, 2018 in The Dance of Connection
The key to happy, mutually-enhancing relationships is simpler than you think.
By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 27, 2018 in Insight Therapy
Life requires hard choices. Shakespeare’s "to be or not to be" is the most fundamental example. But once we have chosen to be, the challenge remains of how to be.
By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 04, 2018 in One Among Many
If Abe gives Bill some money, then, just like that, he is an altruist. But what if Abe takes money from Charlie to give to Bill?
By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on July 26, 2018 in Out of the Ooze
Costly Signaling Theory proposes that our noble actions send honest signals to others about our genetic quality, our access to resources, and our cooperative nature.
By Lawrence T. White Ph.D. on July 01, 2018 in Culture Conscious
A new subfield aims to construct "a psychology of place" by identifying and explaining the clustering of psychological phenomena in particular locales. Are they onto something?
By Christopher Bergland on May 23, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
State-of-the-art research using eye-tracking technology and fMRI brain imaging provides fresh evidence that compassion is like a muscle that gets stronger with regular use.
By Christian B. Miller Ph.D. on May 17, 2018 in Questions of Character
Is Bill Gates really a generous person? How can we tell if anyone is?
By Glenn Geher Ph.D. on May 04, 2018 in Darwin's Subterranean World
Most efforts by teachers to explain why math is important fall flat. Here is a totally different approach, brought to you by evolution.
By Tara Well Ph.D. on April 30, 2018 in The Clarity
This newly released book by compassion researcher Joan Halifax will inspire you to meet life's challenges with courage.
By Tracy Asamoah M.D. on April 17, 2018 in Let's Reconnect
Have you ever wondered if crisis can bring out the best in humanity? Turns out that, biologically, the answer is yes.
By Jena E Pincott on March 30, 2018 in Love, Sex, and Babies
A look at the psychology of heart rate variability.
By Arash Emamzadeh on March 29, 2018 in Finding a New Home
Do you find it difficult to apologize? Do you want to find ways to encourage others to apologize? New research helps us understand these challenges.
By Glenn Geher Ph.D. on March 20, 2018 in Darwin's Subterranean World
From your typical breakfast choices to everyday hassles at work, evolution touches each and every aspect of your day. Every day. Here is how.
By Glenn Geher Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in Darwin's Subterranean World
Bullies can emerge in any human community. Here's the evolutionary psychology of how we deal with them.
By Sander van der Linden Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Social Dilemmas
Can positive emotions help save the environment? New research suggests that a warm-glow from engaging in virtuous moral behaviors can encourage green behavior.
By John D. Rich, Jr., Ph.D. on December 19, 2017 in Parenting With Purpose
How do we help our children become good people? A few behaviors can teach them the way.
By Scott A. McGreal MSc. on December 18, 2017 in Unique—Like Everybody Else
Do evil psychopaths and valiant heroes share a common core? The issue is complicated, but hard-core psychopaths are highly unlikely to be motivated to become heroes.
By Suniya Luthar, Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Privileged But Pressured
What is generally rewarded in academia is the enhancement of one's status and prestige. Being a good citizen is rarely rewarded. In fact, it can work against promotion and tenure.