Of Marshmallows and Development: Social Implications

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Description: You know about the Marshmallow Test, don’t you? A preschool child is seated in a small room at a table on which is a plate and single marshmallow. The child is told that the adult researchers is going to leave the room for a time (usually 10 to 15 minutes) and that the child… Read more »

What Kind of Emotional Actor Are You and Why Does it Matter?

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Description: Ok, at work or any formal group setting (a class, a club, a team, etc.) how do you manage your emotions and your expression of your emotions as they arise? Do you let them show and express them? Do you cover or hide them and ‘show’ and even calm exterior or one that is… Read more »

Did Language Evolution Hijack Complex Tool Making Skills?

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Description: The nature of our spoken communication skills is most certainly a big part of our adaptive evolutionary advantage as a species. Using language, we can break out of the ‘here and now’ and discuss past events and future possibilities and we can organize and coordinate complex individual and social tasks and strategies using our… Read more »

Nonverbal Emotional Expression: IT is Not All in The Face

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Description: Did you watch the recent Golden Globe Awards (January 2020)? The MC was Ricky Gervais, well known for his caustic sharp comedic lines and he did not hold back. Because the audience was full of VERY recognizable people (film, TV, and music mega-stars) cameras cut many times to their reactions to things that Gervais… Read more »

Magic and Psychology: Sort Them Out or Fold Them Together?

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Description: Think back to the last time you saw a magician at work and in particular when they either made something disappear or, perhaps, appear or reappear unexpectedly or ‘magically’. What were you thinking about as they made those things happen? Were you trying to figure out how they did it? Were you trying to… Read more »

Drugs versus Psychotherapy: Not Either/Or But And

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: So, what comes to mind as a definition when you see the term Psychiatric Therapeutics? Psychiatric relates to what Psychiatrists and Psychiatry is the medical specialty that focuses upon mental functioning, mental illness etc. It also involves the training necessary to be permitted to prescribe medications to treat the symptoms of mental disorders. Psychologists,… Read more »

Self-Help for Anxiety: Tips from CBT

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Description: There is a LOT of talk, research and theorizing these days about stress and anxiety including discussion of the possibility that there is an epidemic of anxiety among high school, college and university students and emerging adults in general. Early, over-simplistic blame has been laid on smartphone and social media use among adolescents and… Read more »

Human Emotions: What is Universal and What is Not?

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Description: If you have taken an introductory Psychology course you have certainly seen some version of the picture below showing facial expressions of emotion and you likely saw the picture in the context of a part of a lecture on the universality (across cultures) of basic human emotions such as those showing on the faces… Read more »

Screen Time and BIG Data: Just The Start

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Depression, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Research Methods in ADA, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Social Psychology.

Description: I posted recently about a new welcome line of research that has started to look more closely at the issue of screen time and its potential negative (AND positive) effects of development, mental health and well-being. What was not clear in the post, or in the article it linked to, was why the large… Read more »

Understanding Black Friday and Boxing Day Sales: Psychological Ownership Helps

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Attitude Formation Change, Group Processes, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Personality, Persuasion, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Do you take parit in Black Friday or Boxing Day sales? These are retail events where items, often in very limited quantities, are available at deep discounts and shoppers who take part in person can sometimes be quite aggressive in their efforts to obtain a super but limited bargain. You have likely not analyzed… Read more »