A survey of 16,000 people from around the world has found high levels of happiness in developed countries. Despite theories about a rise in rates of depression 85 per cent of Australians say they are content, making us the third happiest nation in the world.
Professor Bill Von Hippel joined Walter Williams on 4BC to discuss why we are so merry.
A UQ Psychology study has shown that families can be more effective in protecting children from bullying than school-based strategies alone.
The findings, to be published in the journal Behavior Therapy, show that parents can actively help their children reduce the impact of bullying.
Study author, Karyn Healy said the families of primary school-aged children regularly bullied at school who participated in the study's trial program reported that their children were bullied less and were much less emotionally distressed after the program.
Is it normal for siblings to fight? Recent research suggests that most parents see sibling fighting as normal, that they are concerned about it but still seem to think that their children or grandchildren are getting along well enough.
So how can those messages be so contradictory and if sibling rivalry is healthy and normal, when does it become a problem?
Dr John Pickering discusses 'When siblings fight' on 612 ABC Brisbane.
A global study has mapped brain activity when people give rewards or inflict punishment.
It's shown people enjoy giving to people in their own group in a similar way to receiving a reward themselves.
But the study also found people feel less enjoyment when giving to a group outside their own.
Dr Pascal Molenberghs discusses 'How your brain could be wired to be racist' on 612 ABC Brisbane.
When it comes to romance, the world around us is full of choice - but do you find yourself only dating a particular type?
Bill von Hippel was one of the expert commenters on SBS Insight which explored the issue of cross-cultural dating:
Pascal Molenbergh’s research – which mapped brain activity while volunteers gave electroshocks or money to members of their in-group or out-group – has been featured in MX in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Bill von Hippel is quoted in this Live Science article about the genetic origins of violence.
Who has a more positive impact on public opinion: The anti-whaling activists who spray Japanese ships with butyric acid, or the people who post on your Facebook profile asking you to sign a Change.org petition against fracking?
New research published in the February issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin seeks to help answer that very question.
Bill von Hippel appeared on The Project to talk about his donut experiment - or whether people can be encouraged to eat more healthily.
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