On the Record

“I started thinking about how, even if you are depressed for a few months, the depression might be worth it if it helps you better understand social relationships. Maybe you realize you need to be less rigid or more loving. Those are insights that can come out of depression, and they can be very valuable.”

—Paul Andrews, PhD, an evolutionary psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University, on the upside of depression.
The New York Times, Feb. 25


“Burnout can spread in the family. Parents act as role models, particularly the same gender, and burnout in parents might lead to negative parenting and low involvement to their kids, and this can also lead to burnout.”

—University of Helsinki psychologist Katariina Salmela-Aro, on her research.
The New York Times, Jan. 27


“In the experiment, people who started out rich had a stronger reaction to other people getting money than to themselves getting money. Their brains liked it when others got money more than they liked it when they themselves got money.”

—Colin Camerer, PhD, professor of behavioral economics at Caltech, on the finding that the human brain is wired to seek out equality.
ScienceDaily, Feb. 24