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Under the Microscope
5:21 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Regret may not always be a bad thing, researcher says

Laura King is a professor in the University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences.
Credit Laura King

On this week's show, we'll discuss why regret might not always be a bad thing

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

LISTEN: Researcher explores relationship between death, supernatural belief

Kenneth Vail is a researcher in the psychology department at MU. His recent research explores the connection between awareness of mortality and supernatural belief.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Awareness of death can lead people to strengthen and defend their own religious beliefs, according to a recent psychological study led by MU researcher Kenneth Vail. 

And that doesn't just apply to those who believe in a higher power already.  

The foundation of Vail's researcg comes from the idea that part of the motivation for religious belief is the awareness of death – an idea that has deep philosophical roots, Vail said. Recent experimental research also points to the notion that people use belief to help manage awareness of mortality. 

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Under the Microscope
6:02 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Regret may not always be a bad thing, researcher says

Laura King is a professor in the University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences
Laura King

On this week's show, we'll discuss why regret might not always be a bad thing.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:58 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

MU professor discusses his "happiness model"

Dr. Kennon Sheldon, MU professor of psychology
Matt Veto KBIA

An MU psychology professor has put a tactical spin on happiness. 

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