The pursuit of happiness can feel like a fruitless endeavor. UW experts say it doesn’t have to.
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UW research shows how assumptions grow stronger over time, even without evidence.
UW psychology professor Paula Niedenthal ’81 explores the wide variety of social rules for expressing emotion — and how they cause trouble.
In a new world of face coverings, kids can still decode expressions.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow ’30, MA’31, PhD’34 showed how people reach their full potential.
Jennifer Elkins ’97 MS’98 teaches social workers and lawyers to work collaboratively.
A UW–Madison lab seeks to improve outcomes for transgender people.
Gaffera/Istock If it’s the thought that makes a gift count, here’s a thought that can make your gesture count extra: get a little something for yourself. Research by Evan Polman of the Wisconsin School of Business shows that recipients are happier with presents when…
How do we know what a smile means? A UW psychologist decodes them.
In an excerpt from his best-selling book, Matthew Desmond MS’04, PhD’10 sheds new light on the harsh realities of housing and poverty.
What makes for a healthy relationship? John Gottman MA’67, PhD’71 has mastered the science of helping couples stay together.
The instructor behind “The Wire course.”
Becoming “Facebook official” is a milestone in modern romance, but can it also help love last?
As a student, UW sociology professor Alice Goffman spent six years immersed in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. What she learned shaped her understanding of urban policy and inspired a break-out book.
Does separating boys and girls boost achievement? Not so fast.
Job loss packs a punch for older workers.
A UW professor guides those who have been seriously harmed by others along a path to forgiveness. And a UW alumna encourages leaders to take a new approach to conflict: honoring dignity.
A UW professor guides those who have been seriously harmed by others along a path to forgiveness.
TV competes with children for parental attention.
A UW alumna encourages leaders to take a new approach to conflict: honoring dignity.
Social media reveals bad behavior offline.
Talking to yourself has cognitive benefits, a UW study finds.
A professor tracks online folklore.
A UW study finds that we can lessen prejudice.
Sociologist tracks migration in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Fred Gardaphé ’76 knew that if he didn’t get out of the Mafia-dominated neighborhood where he grew up, he could wind up dead. UW–Madison provided a way out.
A UW sociologist explores the complicated roles of mothers and nannies.
Those who post to dating sites fudge the facts strategically.
Study examines how prayer manages negative emotions.
A national study links leisure spending to a sense of well-being.