Primal Screams: Socio-historical Contexts of Psychological Theory and Therapy and Arthur Janov’s Obituary

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, General Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: When I was in high school (back in the old days of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s) I had a good friend whose mother was a practitioner of Janov’s Primal Scream therapy. Part of the basement in their house was lined with mattresses and there were bins of stuffed animals, boxing gloves and… Read more »

How Biological and Neuro-chemically Driven are Addictions to Heroin and other Opioids? Welcome to Rat Park!

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Social Influence, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: What do you think you know about the addictive nature of opioid drugs like heroin or morphine? Have you heard that they can be addictive on first use? Have you heard that they work on the brain chemistry of all users to create a need for the drug or a dependency that is purely… Read more »

Life Purpose: Understanding it, Measuring it, and Benefiting from it

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Emerging Adulthood, General Psychology, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: OK, think back to your own early adolescence (when you were 13 to 15 years old).  Thinking about what the world and your place in it looked like back then would you say you had a clear sense of what your purpose in life was (is)? Probably not. What about now? Is the purpose… Read more »

Raise you thinking about brain function a level: Consider the hippocampus

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders.

Description: Typically when the specific areas of the brain are described and their role in general functioning discussed (at least at the introductory course level) we describe brain areas in what might be called “flat terms”. That’s is, we talk about the behaviours or body fictions that seem to be associated with that area of… Read more »

Emerging Adulthood and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Two “new” ideas smooshed together

Posted by & filed under Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: Ok, this post is not going to be anywhere near long enough to convey all that it should. That said, I am going to introduce you to two HUGE developmental concepts and then after only a bare “hello” I am going to toss an article at you that smacks them together in an interesting… Read more »

Praise Leads to Cheating? How so?

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Human Development, Learning, Moral Development, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Ok here is a “simple” question. What are the effects of praise (parental praise delivered to children) on those children’s moral development and their moral behaviour? Put more specifically, are children who are praised more or less likely to cheat if given an opportunity? What is your hypothesis reading the nature of this relationship?… Read more »

Trump, Jong-un, Stress and Resilience: What to do?

Posted by & filed under Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Human Development, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: I am not prepared to offer any sort of political comments on the current rhetoric being thrown back and forth between American president Donald Trump and Korean Leader Kim Jong-un. What I can do is recommend an insightful piece by Daniel Keating about the impacts of stress and anxiety on us that arise from… Read more »

Afternoon Cognitive Downtime? Know Your Brain!

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychological Health, Sensory-Perceptual Development, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Think about a typical weekday in your recent experience. When are your mental highs and lows (of drive, motivation and distractibility)? Do you know your highs and lows well enough that you build your course or work schedule with them in mind? Oh and it is not just BS (no not THAT, blood sugar,… Read more »

8 Months in Hawaii? YES! 8 months on Simulated Mars? Weeeellllll……

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Group Processes, Psychological Health, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: How would you like to spend 8 MONTHS in Hawaii? Are you down with that? OK well what if the 8 months were to be spent on a plateau just below the summit of the still active Mauna Lao volcano on the Big Island on a simulated Mars mission with 5 other people living… Read more »

Computing, AI, and the Changing Directions of Design Inspiration

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Neuroscience.

Description: Pardon me briefly for doing what older people do and speak historically for a moment (based on somewhat personal experience – as I was around and an adult back when things that now seem very old actually happened). Now don’t worry I am not going to start telling stories about what my introductory classes… Read more »