Is This Octopus Dreaming?

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Description: Start by watching the amazing video linked below. It is of a sleeping octopus and the twitches and dramatic color changes it is displaying seem to suggest that it is dreaming. But, before you start speculating as to what the octopus is dreaming about, consider this question. Do we know enough about octopi brains… Read more »

The Psychology of Fandom: Marketing or Tattoos?

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Description: What makes people into fans of particular teams? Do the teams have to be good? Do the teams have to be local – the team or teams you grew up with? Do the teams have to be marketed well? And how do you recognize fans? At the games with painted faces? On team email… Read more »

Mindfulness and Academic Performance: What is the Key?

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Description: What does ‘being mindful’ mean? Mindfulness medication essentially involves clearing one’s mind of distractions and focusing closely and only of the here and now. How might doing that be of academic assistance to middle school students? Think about how you would answer that question from a psychological research perspective. If it helps what might… Read more »

False Beliefs, Fake News and Social Influence: Critical Understanding

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology.

Description: The internet provides us with access to vast arrays of information and research. Given this shouldn’t our beliefs be much more research based than they used to be? Weeelll, what about anti-vaxers? What about climate change deniers? Think about what the access to information provided by search engines like Google might do for us… Read more »

Important Distracted Driving Self-Check

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Description: There has been a lot of research and debate lately about the developmental impact of social media and smartphones. That debate IS important, but it is worth revisiting an issue that, while not that old, is not a particularly salient part of our conversations about development and particularly about risk management. Most jurisdictions have… Read more »

Suicide Prevention: Multifactorial Odds

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Description: Do you think you would be able to tell if someone close to you was contemplating suicide? There ARE things you could/should look for (more on those below). However, how do you think a mental health professional (Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatric Nurse, or Social Worker) would respond to this question? Does the typical “what… Read more »

Research on the Impacts of Screen Time: What should it look like?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Consciousness, Depression, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Human Development, Research Methods, Research Methods in ADA, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP.

Description: Even if you are barely paying attention you cannot have missed media accounts and speculations regarding the impacts of screen time on development in childhood and on wellbeing among adolescents. Before we push panic buttons and start to crusade against another new technology (like we did about television a few decades ago) we should… Read more »

If Rats Have Empathy Do We Understand What Empathy Involves?

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Description: How would you define empathy? Would feeling another person’s feelings capture it or at least part of it? Some sort of positive response would likely also need to be included in the definition, but it could be seen to follow from the first part. So how do we feel what someone else feels? We… Read more »

What Could Possibly Be Adaptive About Buying Into Fake News?

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Description: If you believe another person is not thinking properly about something what is the best way to get them change their mind and to think more clearly? If you thought that showing them some facts would be a good idea you are not alone as that is what most people think, especially when the… Read more »