Maslow’s pyramid of needs
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is probably the world’s most famous framework to explain human motivation. As a refresher: It would suggest that you were driven to open this newsletter by a “higher level” need to
Why humans may have more in common with chimps than we thought
What can humans learn about ourselves from studying chimpanzees? Primatologist Frans de Waal has spent almost three decades studying the behavior and intelligence of chimpanzees. Now, he’s focused on their emotional lives–and he’s found primates
Psychologists who studied shame around the world say it’s an essential part of being human
There’s a school of thought that says shame is a social construct: We only learn to feel inadequate and exposed because our particular culture sends us messages about what falls outside the realm of acceptability.
Science confirms what the heart already knows: Hugs really do make you feel better
Feeling down in the dumps? Stressed? A little off-kilter because of some disagreement? Hug it out! A new study suggests that just reaching out and touching someone — consensually, of course — can reduce bad
Crossing Disciplines and the Lifespan
Cornell University’s Department of Human Development incorporates not only various aspects of psychological science, but also law, sociology, history, and more. APS Fellow and Department Chair Qi Wang details the department’s successes.
Steven Pinker: Can Numbers Show Us That Progress Is Inevitable?
It might seem like the world is getting worse and worse. But psychologist Steven Pinker says that across the board, data suggests we’ve made a lot of progress. The question is — will it continue?