Autism spectrum disorders

Autistic children struggle with hidden emotions

New research has discovered that children with autism misjudge the feelings of others because they don't use context to identify underlying emotions.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Face masks protect us but disguise feelings

Masks protect people from contracting the coronavirus, but could have a negative side effect. In a recent Perspective paper, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences suggest that the ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Understanding feelings: When less is more

A facial expression or the sound of a voice can say a lot about a person's emotional state; and how much they reveal depends on the intensity of the feeling. But is it really true that the stronger an emotion, the more intelligible ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How do our facial expressions influence how we see others' pain?

How do our facial expressions in response to seeing others in pain influence how we see and feel their pain? There are many situations where it may be helpful to suppress our emotional responses to the pain of others. For ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

'Smiling eyes' may not signify true happiness after all

A smile that lifts the cheeks and crinkles the eyes is thought by many to be truly genuine. But new research at Carnegie Mellon University casts doubt on whether this joyful facial expression necessarily tells others how ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Covering faces around kids won't mask emotions

The proliferation of face coverings to keep COVID-19 in check isn't keeping kids from understanding facial expressions, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologists.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Children with dyslexia show stronger emotional responses

Children diagnosed with dyslexia show greater emotional reactivity than children without dyslexia, according to a new collaborative study by UC San Francisco neuroscientists with the UCSF Dyslexia Center and UCSF Memory and ...

Neuroscience

How the brain balances emotion and reason

Navigating through life requires balancing emotion and reason, a feat accomplished by the brain region "area 32" of the anterior cingulate cortex. The area maintains emotional equilibrium by relaying information between cognitive ...

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