A look back into humanity’s collective history, through religious rituals and practices
In a Q&A, psychology doctoral student David Yaden describes his new book, which touches on traditions from Hinduism, Buddhism, and 11 other religions.
What factors predict success?
New research from Angela Duckworth and colleagues finds that characteristics beyond intelligence influence long-term achievement.
In the pursuit of happiness, a new class leads the charge
The course, taught by Positive Psychology’s James Pawelski, not only gives students an intellectual understanding of the subject but asks them to practice what they’re learning.
Weekly paid professional staff learn resilience through free, online opportunity
Offered through the Online Learning Initiative and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, the course teaches participants resilience, gratitude, authenticity, and more.
Social scientists trade academic silos for shared work space
Faculty and grad students in the new Social and Behavioral Sciences Initiative have access to two state-of-the-art labs, grants, and a collaborative environment aimed at creating a vibrant research community.
Linguistic red flags from Facebook posts can predict future depression diagnoses
The language people use in these social media posts can make these predictions as accurately as the tools clinicians use in medical settings to screen for the disease.
How psychology explains the itch for spring cleaning
Wharton Professor Katherine Milkman teases out the “fresh start effect” of temporal landmarks like the first day of spring, New Year’s Day, and other meaningful calendar dates.
Student-led Campus Conversation kicks off Mental Wellness Awareness Week
A panel of undergraduate and graduate students address stresses of college life, and what resources are available to help bolster their health and wellness.
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It’s Never Been Sunnier in Philadelphia
Penn researchers found that Philadelphia and its surrounding areas were among the least trusting and least agreeable people in the nation. The overall mood, however, seems to have shifted in the wake of the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory. Martin Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences said that it is “conceivable that victory in one sport would energize victory in another sport.”
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Video: Why This Psychologist Says You SHOULD Argue in Front of the Kids
Adam Grant of the Wharton School has said it’s healthy for parents to have disagreements in front of their children. Grant, who specializes in disrupting conventional wisdom, explained that presenting kids with multiple viewpoints can help them evolve into more creative adults.
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