Three Years of Popular Science Outreach and Engagement
Emotivity started with a simple idea – to share psychological research on emotion with the general readership. Our site still holds to the belief and value that psychological science, properly communicated, can enlighten, entertain and encourage readers to better understand themselves and others. With such new knowledge and awareness – particularly on our emotions, we can all lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. Since we started in February 2018, we’ve compiled 66 emotion science articles, 222 emotions terms in the glossary, a selection of 22 podcasts featuring team members’ insights into research on emotions and positive psychology – on top of our or more ‘staple’ resources like learning activities and measures. We are also proud to share links to books you can purchase on emotions written by Emotivity staff members, 3 of which were released in the last three years.
And we have more in store, and in mind, to help Emotivity grow. The team will be discussing ways to increase our outreach and science communication efforts, continually engage with the media, offer more training webinars and online seminars, in addition to more emotion science articles. You can also expect an update to the website in the coming months, retaining our best work but improving the site’s performance and polishing its appearance. Expect a brand-new Emotivity look in the coming months!
From all of us here at the team, we thank you for your continued support. Whether you dropped by our site (and page) by accident or check in regularly for resources, or just monthly for our emotion science article updates, we thank you for your support, curiosity, and readership!
Here’s a look back at some of the articles from our guest authors which you enjoyed the most:
Are Animals Capable of Experiencing and Showing Emotion?
by guest author Gentaro Shishimi
Do dogs, cats, birds – and bees experience emotions? The idea that non-human animals are capable of experiencing and expressing emotion maybe something you intuitively believe is possible.
Are We Being Programmed to Lose our Sense of Empathy and Compassion
by Emotivity team member Sybella Ng
A thought-provoking episode from the Black Mirror series raises questions about the ethics of warfare – and whether technological advances are diminishing our sense of empathy and capacity for compassion.
Why are we so Politically Apathetic?
by guest authors Pak Wei-Han and Tsee Leng Choy
Most discussions of politics or even studies of political action are emotion-laden, prompting strong reactions from commentators and participants alike. Why then, do some of us now simply care about political issues?
Schadenfreude: One Man’s Pain is Another Man’s Pleasure
by Emotivity team member Raja Intan Arifah
A person you envy or dislike immensely experiences a misfortunate. “They had it coming,” you say, but it’s not that you are a bad person. It just feels nice that this terrible person finally experiences some deserving misery.
Bereavement from Suicide
by guest author Hui Yen Ling
We grieve for our loved ones lost, but the nature of grief – and our bereavement, is especially complicated when our loved ones choose to end their own lives.
What we Learnt about Our Emotions and Ourselves during the Pandemic
by Emotivity team member Eugene Tee
We realized many things about our emotions and ourselves during the pandemic. Here’s what the team at Emotivity came to know about the emotional journey that has been the year 2020.