Spotting Liars: New tools for assessing character (shhhh don’t tell your friends and relatives!)

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Moral Development, Personality, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Can you tell when someone is lying to you? If you do a You Tube search on lie detection you will find a great many postings showing versions of the classic lie detection game where someone tells you several things about themselves one of which is a lie and you have to figure out… Read more »

Pitching Apps/Sites for Mental Health: Fad or global change in mental health management and promotion?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Assessment, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: The Calgary Distress Centre (in my home town) started out as a call-in center, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Until recently its only form of contact with distressed individuals was over their phone lines and that worked very well as a way for people to find someone to talk to… Read more »

Baby Strokes: Plasticity and Hemispheric Shifts in Loction of Function

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Language Development, Language-Thought, Neuroscience, Sensation-Perception.

Description:  Two questions before we get into this topic. First, who has strokes? Second, if someone has a massive left hemisphere stroke what will likely happen to their spoken language abilities? Old people and language will suffer right? Well, not entirely. You see, infants, and in fact, newborns (about 1 in 4000) can have strokes…. Read more »

The Winter Olympics and You: Reflections on Identity

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Intergroup Relations, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: There is an increasing large research literature on Sports Psychology in generally and on Olympic performance in particular. I have posted about parts of this research work previously in this blog (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/?s=Olympics). The British Psychological Society has suggested in the posting linked below that it would be interesting to consider what the winter Olympics… Read more »

Is There a Useful Psychology of Mass Shooters?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aggression, Classification Diagnosis, General Psychology, mental illness, Personality, Personality Disorders, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: As I contemplated whether to choose to blog on this particular topic I ran across the article linked below and while reading through it, for a number of associative reasons (I suspect), I was reminded of a song by Canadian Blues artist Lest Quitzau called Home on the Range. It contains the line “Welcome… Read more »

Retirement Planning: Its not all finances and it is not just for people getting close to retirement age

Posted by & filed under Health and Prevention In Aging, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success, The Self, Work Retirement Leisure Patterns.

Description: When you read the words “retirement planning” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Well, probably money and pension (and even at an early age you SHOULD be thinking about this) but what else should folks be thinking about as they approach and enter their retirement? I have written in an earlier… Read more »

Loneliness: What Kind of Problems and What Sorts of Solutions?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Depression, General Psychology, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: Consider these questions. Is loneliness a problem for healthy human functioning and for basic health? If so, what is the current rate of (prevalence of) loneliness in the population? Does the rate of loneliness vary by age? Does it vary by other factors? What, if anything, should be do about this? From a psychological… Read more »

Forensic Neuropathology and Forensic Psychology: Searching for the Whys of heinous behavior

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Neuroscience.

Description: When individuals do horrible things we, of course, want to know why they did what they did. We want to know if there was something specifically wrong with them and, in particular, we want to know if there was either something that could or should have been done to prevent the person doing what… Read more »

Can Courage be Develped, Trained, Encouraged, and/or Facillitated?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Learning, Personality, Social Psychology, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Are you a courageous person? Do you know anyone who you would describe as courageous? Where do we need courage in our day-to-day lives? If courage is associated with dragon slaying and other sorts of battles, then perhaps we do not need it much these days. However, if courage is part of what it… Read more »

Executive Functions in Alzheimer’s: Brain Pacemakers Might Help

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Chronic Illness, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Neuroscience, Physical Changes In Aging, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Alzheimer’s main impact is on peoples’ memories, right? Well, we can debate the depth of impact of the various features of the disease but it is the case that more than memory is affected. Specifically, the array of frontal lobe functions involving various aspects of what is called Executive Function (thinking, reflecting, planning and… Read more »