Redefining emotion

In new research, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Psy­chology Lisa Feldman Bar­rett has ana­lyzed thou­sands of data points from neu­roimaging exper­i­ments to rede­fine the sci­en­tific con­cept of emotion.

3Qs: Coping with cascading crises

Finan­cial prob­lems can arise in many forms, from the plunging economy to the after­math of nat­ural dis­as­ters. We asked Randy Colvin, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of psy­chology at North­eastern, to dis­cuss the psy­cho­log­ical impacts of a looming double-​​dip reces­sion paired with the dev­as­ta­tion caused by nat­ural dis­as­ters such as Hur­ri­cane Irene — as well as ways people can improve their emo­tional health in the face of such stress.

3Qs: Keeping ASL at center of deaf culture

Recent budget cuts in parts of the U.S. have threat­ened the future of state schools for the deaf, cre­ating worry that deaf chil­dren chil­dren will be pushed into main­stream schools where Amer­ican Sign Lan­guage (ASL) takes a back seat to new “speaking and lis­tening” tech­nolo­gies. Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Psy­chology Harlan Lane, who founded the ASL pro­gram at North­eastern and recently wrote a book about deaf cul­ture and deaf eth­nicity in the U.S., addresses the debate between spe­cial­ized vs. main­stream schools for the deaf.

Gossip triggers defensive response

In col­lab­o­ra­tive study, North­eastern neu­ro­sci­en­tist sug­gests that pos­sessing neg­a­tive infor­ma­tion about a person affects how we see them — literally