Are you better at recognizing
emotions than an undergrad?
If you think the answer is yes, not long ago Ashley Hutchison
would have been on your side. But now the doctoral candidate
in counseling psychology at Ball State University is not so sure.
In a study published in Training and Education in Professional
Psychology, Hutchison and her advisor, Lawrence Gerstein, PhD,
found that graduate students in various applied programs were
actually no better at labeling emotions in photographs than non-psychology undergraduate students.
But take the findings “with a grain of salt” because they don’t
reflect the social context present in therapy, says Hutchison.
Contempt and anger may seem interchangeable in a photograph,
but during a therapy session with a fuming client, the difference
— and how you respond to it — is more obvious.
How much closer
Camden Yards is to New
York City than Fenway
Park, though Yankees fans perceive the opposite,
according to a 2012 study in the Personality and
Social Psychology Bulletin.
JACFEE Matsumoto 1988, courtesy of Humintell
Amount prescriptions for attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder for teenagers and
children rose between 2002 and 2010,
according to a 2012 article in Pediatrics.
The “half-life” of clinical neuropsychology,
or the amount of time it takes to lose half your
knowledge if you don’t seek new learning opportunities, projects a 2012 report in Professional
Psychology: Research and Practice. Psychoanalysis,
on the other hand, has a “half-life” of 15 years.
How do you measure up? Choices: anger,
contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness
and surprise. (Answers below.)
A ns w ers: T o p p h oto: C o nte m pt; B otto m p h oto: S u rprise
Number of high school students who have
“sexted,” according to a 2012 article in Archives
of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
How many Americans feel happy each day,
regardless of income, according to a 2012 study
in the Proceedings of the National Academy