Self-Driving Vehicle Learning Curves: Have Some Empathy

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intelligence, Learning.

Description: How do you feel about self-driving cars? Would you trust your safety if they started driving though your neighbourhood (perhaps delivering packages or food)? What is a major challenge to computers (AI) learning to drive and to drive safely? Well, recognizing what they “see” so they can respond appropriately. A common position is that… Read more »

Orchids and Dandelions: A Very Useful Developmental Dichotomy

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Think of all the different ways in which you can think about and talk about developing children: shy – outgoing, independent – dependent, leaders—followers and on and on. All such dichotomies tend to focus on a part or aspect of children or child development and do not scale up well, into big pictures of… Read more »

Anger and Self-Regulation: Learn From the Inuit

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Indigenous Psychology, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: A huge part of growing up (well of developing and being “raised”) is learning how to self-regulate. Think of what small children do from time to time – they may have a tantrum when they do not get their way, they may eat all the cookies on the counter, they may be distracted by… Read more »

SES and Depression: See the Big Picture

Posted by & filed under Depression, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Perhaps hearing or reading that there is a strong relationship between rates of depression and socio-economic status (SES) would not be a surprise to you. While it may lead you to start to ponder what the connections between poverty and depression might involve it is worth stepping back from that important line of potential… Read more »

Getting Into the Heads of Actors When They Are In Character

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Somatic Symptoms Dissociative Disorders.

Description: If you watched Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker in The Dark Knight (Batman) film you saw an amazing piece of acting – of method acting. Ledger was a method actor meaning that he got into his character by essentially becoming the Joker and, it is said, stayed there on and off set throughout… Read more »

Animals and Emotions: How Do You Feel About THAT?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Intergroup Relations, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Psychology.

Description: OK, quick, without any reflection, answer these questions: Do animals have emotions? Or do they have the same emotional range and depth that we do? If you are like most people you probably hesitated a bit even if you decided to answer yes to either of those questions. Why hesitate? Well, maybe your feelings… Read more »

Is Evil Born or Made or What?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Neuroscience, Personality, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: I have posted about the Dark Triad (Machiavellianism, Narcissism and Psychopathy) before which suggests how some poor or bad behavior in others might be accounted for, but what about large-scale evil? An ongoing question has been to wonder what array of circumstances, conditions, and characteristics come together to produce truly evil people such a… Read more »

Expressive Writing and PTSD: (W)ri(gh)ting Yourself, a Meta-Analysis

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Have you ever heard that writing might be good for you? I do not mean that taking English classes is good for you (though it might be) but rather that writing about anything from past traumatic life events to future hopes and aspirations might actually not only help you cope with past trauma or… Read more »

Politicians and Statistics: Why Are We Suckers?

Posted by & filed under Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Memory, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: We would all like to think that we are well aware that politicians sometimes play fast and loose with the numbers related to issues and that we are not likely to be fooled by them when they do. The reality, however, is that we buy more of what we hear politicians say about the… Read more »

Want to Feel Better? Write Yourself a Park Prescription

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, mental illness, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Life is not a walk in the park. Have you heard that saying? It is usually taken to suggest that life, at times at least, is not easy, but what if we put it slightly differently by saying that life should include regular walks in the park. What about THAT might be good for… Read more »