■ Humanities / Self-Control (not IQ) Explains Better Academic Performance Among “Tiger Cubs” in Taiwan A Taiwanese study showed that self-control (not IQ) mediates the academic advantage of girls over boys. Educational research in Western countries, including Canada, the UK, and US has consistently found that girls get better school grades than boys do. Although other academic studies have shown that academic achievement, such as school grades, is directly related to cognitive ability, evidence from the US suggests that the superior academic success of girls may result from their superior self-control rather than their superior intelligence. This research formed the groundwork for a recent studyRead More →

■ Humanities / Yonsei Commits to Sustainability with Ban Ki-moon and World Leaders World leaders discuss UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with Ban Ki-moon at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea is leading the way to a sustainable future in partnership with Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, and key leaders of the global community. The inaugural Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) was held at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea during February 7-8, 2018 in the presence of distinguished international and national dignitaries. Co-hosted by the Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment at Yonsei University and the BanRead More →

■ Humanities / It’s Madness: The Politics of Mental Health in Colonial Korea A Yonsei researcher explores how the mental illness was conceptualized and socially dealt and how it interacted with traditional beliefs about madness in Korea during Japanese colonialism. Mental illness remains one of the most elusive and neglected topics in Korean history. As in most Asian countries, severe social ostracism, shame, and fear of jeopardizing marriage prospects induce families to conceal the mentally ill behind closed doors. The tendency in contemporary Korean society to somatize symptoms as culture-bound maladies and association of disturbing behavior with spiritual and moral failings reveal resilient traditional viewsRead More →

■ Humanities / Creation of New Knowledge based on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Professor Min Song opens a new chapter for various fields ranging from medicine to SNS with text mining. As data in various forms flood in our lives, increasingly more people are paying attention to big data, which indicates the efforts to analyze and use these data in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Utilization of data often goes beyond the business arena, to be used in developing new materials. For example, when a new medicine is developed, the massive amount of accumulated data regarding the effectiveness and functions of eachRead More →

■ Humanities / It’s natural: Fractions are for counting, and decimals are for measuring Mental representations of numbers have roots that go beyond language and culture. Fractions and decimals are often thought of simply as alternative ways to represent the same quantity, and this is how they are typically introduced when taught to children. However, studies have shown that people conceive of an amount differently according to whether it is notated as a fraction or as a decimal and that they process the two notations differently. For example, when comparing two quantities to determine which one is larger, people are able to judge more quicklyRead More →

■ Humanities / Yonsei Professor Among World’s Top 10 Reformed Theologians Prof. Dr. Chung Meehyun recognized as one of the most influential theologians of the Reformed faith leading up to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Yonsei University United Graduate School of Theology Professor Dr. Chung Meehyun has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential Reformed theologians since the Reformation of 1517. The selection was part of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) 26th General Council held in Leipzig, Germany from June 29 to July 7. In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, WCRC chose 10 individuals who haveRead More →

■ Humanities / Un désir de littérature coréenne, A Desire of Korean Literature Professor Jeong Myeong-Kyo introduces Korean literature to worldwide audience Yonsei Professor Jeong Myeong-kyo’s Un désir de littérature coréenne (A Desire of Korean Literature), published in 2015 in France by Decrescenzo Éditeurs, is a collection of essays meant to introduce twentieth-century Korean literature to a worldwide audience. Situating Korean literature as part of the networks and cross-cultural flows of world literature, Professor Jeong brings a much needed critical and theoretical framework to bear on modern Korean works, something that has been lacking in other efforts to promote the literature internationally. While tracing theRead More →

■ Humanities / The world’s most authoritative biblical meeting held at Yonsei “Crossing Borders”: Biblical studies in today’s multifaceted world Between July 3 and 7 of 2016, the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) International Meeting was held at Yonsei University. SBL is known as “the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic perspectives.” With the subject of “Crossing Borders”, the meeting brought together more than 600 Biblical scholars from 30 different countries to explore biblical issues and their relation to such fields as theology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Heated debates in every sessionRead More →

■ Humanities / First Korean Translation of the Complete Works of Shakespeare Published “All’s well that ends well” for honorary professor as 10 years of work finally pays off “Shakespeare is a poet. Most of his plays are written in verse. That makes him both a poet and a playwright,” says Yonsei University Department of English Language and Literature honorary professor Lee Sang-seop, who recently published the complete works of the world’s greatest playwright from England, William Shakespeare. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (셰익스피어 전집) is Korea’s first compilation of all forty-four works in one book, with 2016 marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s death.Read More →