Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D. Department of Psychology - Temple University
Wilson 214 @ 4:00 pm
Tom Rodebaugh, PhD
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
Dr. Michael Posner, Dr. Steve Peterson, Dr. Kathleen McDermott, Dr. Deanna Barch, Dr. Damien Fair, Dr. Maurizio Corbetta, Dr. Marc Raichle
Eric P. Newman Education Center – Seminar Room B 
Haijing Wu, B.A.
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
Patrick Cruitt, B.A.
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
June 29, 2016

Make no mistake, revenge is (bitter)sweet, study confirms

Why Osama bin Laden's death had us celebrating...and feeling worse

Deep, dark and sometimes overwhelming, the human compulsion to seek revenge is a complex emotion that science has found incredibly hard to explain.

Despite popular consensus that “revenge is sweet,” years of experimental research have suggested otherwise, finding that revenge is seldom as satisfying as we anticipate and often leaves the avenger less happy in the long run.

Now, new research from Washington University in St. Louis is adding a twist to the science of revenge, showing that our love-hate relationship with this dark desire is indeed a mixed bag, making us feel both good and bad, for reasons we might not expect.