Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, says that there is “not a cause for alarm” after a new paper revealed that many psychology studies’ results could not be replicated.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern, explains why misconceptions about emotion persist, how our emotional brains change as we age, and the role of context in what we feel.
Adults and children hold equally stereotypical views about gender, according to new research from associate professor of psychology John Coley’s lab.
Joanne Miller, Matthews Distinguished University Professor and chair of Northeastern’s Department of Psychology, was recently recognized for her pioneering research on human language processing in the field of speech perception.
A new policy from the National Institutes of Health will require all biomedical research funded by the NIH to be gender balanced. Here, Rebecca Shanksy, an assistant professor of psychology whose research is focused in this space, discusses the implications of the decision.
New research out of Northeastern psychology professor Iris Berent’s lab suggests that humans’ capacity for creating language is encoded in our brains as a universal set of rules.
In new a paper, Northeastern psychology researchers challenge long-held beliefs about patience by showing that cultivating gratitude can promote impulse control—which many previous studies have linked to better long-term outcomes.
Psychology professor John Coley discusses how the need for explanation can drive society—and perhaps the media—to be consumed with curiosity into the unknown, like with the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
New research from University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett’s lab refutes a decades-old belief in emotion science—that emotions are universally recognized across people and cultures.
I had a friend in college who claimed to have extremely good “gaydar.” She insisted that, generally speaking, lesbians (of which she was one) tended to be better at picking […]
Virtual humans, relational robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-tracking technologies were among the innovative research projects highlighted at a daylong conference at Northeastern that explored the intersection of emotion science and technology.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and her team at the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory use the science of emotion to scare people at a haunted house — and raise money for charity.
Researchers in Northeastern’s Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory have created the highest-resolution image of the human brain stem in action. It could ultimately help scientists explore the grounds of human emotion like never before.
Research suggests that older adults maintain their happier outlook through different emotion regulation strategies. With a new grant from the National Institute on Aging, associate professor Derek Isaacowitz will examine how our multimedia choices play into that.
In the days after the Boston Marathon bombings, declarations of support from across the country flooded my Facebook feed in the form of graphic memes, photographs, and simple status updates […]
Psychology professor David DeSteno’s lab is the first to study the social implications of meditation, a practice well known to improve one’s physical and psychological well-being.
Last year Northeastern’s Affective Science Institute hosted one of the most wonderful events I’ve been to in a while. In conjunction with the Boston Museum of Science and WBUR’s Here […]
In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s long-awaited admission of doping, cheating has been on many peoples’ minds of late. Katie Couric was one of them. Last Friday Northeastern professor David […]
I’m pretty much the world’s worst decision maker. This is especially true at restaurants. The other day I made the waiter save me for last and then, after six other […]
Complex decision-making requires us to select the most important information and throw out the rest, according to John Coley, an associate professor of psychology.
A debate has emerged in the last few years about the importance of early interactions with nature. Kids these days tend to spend more time inside in front of screens […]
Earlier this month the Affective Science Institute hosted another great event called Reading the Face: Translating Science to Security. Three emotion scientists, including Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Barrett, discussed their unique […]
There are certain things most Americans expect to encounter on Thursday: Turkey. Mashed potatoes. A lazy afternoon. Too many lagers. A belly ache. A nod toward the things we’re thankful […]
You’ve just rounded the corner of a dark and musty basement. In front of you, chained to a stone wall amid a pile of femur bones and skulls, a young […]
I’m excited to introduce today’s guest blogger: Lori Lennon, science communications diva. That’s not her official title, just what I like to call her. Really, she’s the communications coordinator for […]
Nearly two dozen students participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations program in Australia to learn about mental health and health psychology.
A study by psychology professor Rich Melloni examines the neurobiology behind the aggressive side effects of adolescent exposure to antidepressant drugs.
How are you feeling right now? Can you pinpoint the specific emotions? Maybe a little excited that it’s almost the weekend, but also sad because it’s raining outside and you […]
I love starting the week off with a bang. The topic of this morning’s symposium, hosted by the Institute on Urban Health Research, just totally gets my engines going. Four […]
New research from psychology professor Iris Berent shows that dyslexia may stem from a difficulty processing the basic units of language.
New research from psychology professor David DeSteno suggests that we can pick out untrustworthy people based on their level of fidgetiness. The results were confirmed using a humanoid robot.
“Visualize the ball.” I’m sure most of you have heard the phrase at some point in your life — for me it was probably as long ago as 9th grade gym […]
Lisa Feldman Barrett, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, was recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honor for Canadian scholars in the arts, sciences and humanities.
Earlier in the year I wrote a story for the News@Northeastern about psychology professor Derek Isaacowitz, who is using eye tracking to explore the fact that people older than 60 […]
People have often said that the brain is the most complex thing in the universe. Of course, a statement like that spurs heated debate, but it’s still an interesting concept. […]
Last week we had a couple of visitors to the communications office — a colleague out on maternity leave and her beautiful new baby girl. When they arrived sounds of “ooohs” […]