When Getting Angry is Good

Bus drivers and bouncers face it with some frequency;  so do counselors and psychologists; but call center employees are on the frontline. Do you ever get angry at them?

Anger has been viewed as a negative emotion, unproductive and destructive – but what if this emotion is actually really good for you?

This program will get honest about anger – its limitations and its potential.

Join guest host Anton Enus as we look at how anger works in the brain and in society. Insight asks: can we use it for positive gain?

Fun Facts About Smiles

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1) Research has shown that of all the seven basic emotions, happiness is the easiest expression to recognize, even across cultures.

2) There are many different types of happiness including elation, euphoria, excitement, and amusement. However, research has shown that these enjoyable emotions are all expressed on the face the same way: by the Duchenne Smile. A Duchenne Smile occurs when the lip corners move up and the muscle around the eyes moves as well. Oftentimes you see wrinkles around a person’s eyes. This is often described as a “twinkling” or “sparkling” in the eyes.

3) Research has also shown that forcing yourself to smile can improve your mood.

4) Not only that, your smile may be a predictor of how long you’ll live and a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well being!

5) There are other positive effects of smiling. Some research has suggested that smiling makes you more attractive. In other research, smiling has been proven to help build rapport and create positive relationships with others.

Think you can tell the difference between an enjoyment smile and a social smile? Put yourself to the test with Humintell’s Smile Game!

Don’t forget to submit your best smile photo to earn your chance to win a free Humintell course of your choice!


Cerebellum’s Role In Thought And Emotion

downloadNPR recently featured an amazing and fascinating story about Jonathan Keleher, a 33 year old man who was born with part of his brain missing. Keleher is one of a handful of people known to have lived their entire lives without a cerebellum, a structure that usually contains about half the brain’s neurons.

As a result of his exceedingly rare condition, Jonathan has a distinctive way of speaking and a walk that is slightly awkward. He also lacks the balance to ride a bicycle. However, this hasn’t kept him from living on his own, holding down an office job at a non-profit, an making a important contribution to neuroscience.

“What we now understand is what that cerebellum is doing to movement, it’s also doing to intellect and personality and emotional processing,” says Dr. Jeremy Schmahmann, a professor of neurology at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital

Without a cerebellum, Schmahmann says, a person’s thinking and emotions can become as clumsy as their movements.

Listen to the complete story below.

Kids Know It’s Sometimes Nicer to Lie

Children can be brutally honest, but at what age do they start to realize what they say can hurt other people’s feelings?

Felix Warneken and Emily Orlins, two researchers at Harvard, recently set out to investigate that question, and they published their results in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

In their experiment they gathered 80 kids from 5-10 years old. They presented the kids with four simple drawings of things like houses or cars, two of which were good and two of which were obviously bad, and asked the kids to sort the drawings into “good” and “bad” piles.


Melissa Dahl from the Science of Us writes, “In one condition, one of the experimenters lamented to the other one how sad she was because she was so bad at drawing. In the other, the experimenter said aloud that she knew she wasn’t very good at drawing, but she was fine with that. Then, in both conditions, the artist-experimenter showed the child her messy picture and asked the kid directly which pile it belonged in.”

The results? At all ages, when the kids heard the experimenter say she was sad, they were more likely to lie to her and say they’d put her drawing in the “good” pile, as compared to the condition in which they heard the experimenter say she knew she wasn’t a great artist and was okay with that. But the older kids were more likely to lie to protect the researcher’s feelings than the younger kids.

Take a look at this past blog we wrote about children lying.

Genuine Sadness vs Posed Grief

Take a look at the videos below. Both show mothers making emotional pleas to bring their missing children home.

Can you tell which is expressing genuine sadness and which is posing their grief? What do you see on one mother’s face that you do not see on the other?

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For a past blog post on genuine vs fake emotions, take a look here

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