Mirror Neurons and Moral Dilemmas: Bidirectional Ethical Opportunities and Challenges

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Description: What brain based activations are associated with your tendency to consider causing harm to others in moral decision-making situations? Typically, we are asked questions in abstract or “hypothetical” manners. Would you consider causing pain to one person if it might result in information to needed to stop a bombing that could harms many others?… Read more »

Dopamine and Video Gaming: by Dilbert and Zimbu the Monkey

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Description: As the Dilbert cartoon below suggests there has been much research and more speculation about the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in explaining the focused nature of many people’s interest in video or online games. The American Psychiatric Association considered adding a disorder called Internet Gaming Disorder the latest 5th edition of its Diagnostic… Read more »

Fake Moon Landings and Crashed Aliens: Who Believes in This Stuff?

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Description: Was the Apollo moon landing a hoax filmed entirely on Earth? There are quite a few people around who claim that it was just that. Assuming for a moment that the moon landing was NOT a hoax or that the American Government does NOT have frozen aliens and flying saucer wreckage hidden in Area… Read more »

Regular Unplugging: The value of planned, regular solitude

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Description: You may have heard, perhaps in a part of a Psychology course on Consciousness, about the positive effects of meditation. For some people, however, meditation, with its connections to eastern perspectives and spirituality seems a bit too exotic. So how about this: What do you think the effects would be (if any) of your… Read more »

Who or What is Telling What to Who? Dream Interpretation Today

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Description: If you have taken an introductory psychology course you have likely heard a bit about Freud’s psychodynamic theory and about his views on the subject of dreams and the manifest (surface) and latent (deep, symbolic) content he argued that they hold. The idea that dreams are “the royal road to the unconscious” (Freud), in… Read more »

How are Religiosity and Cognition Related? Perhaps not as you might think.

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Description: At first glance it may seem odd or perhaps inappropriate to conduct research into the nature and even into the brain function associated with religious belief. However, rather than seeing religious belief and science as antithetical think a bit about what sorts of cognitive functioning might be correlated with religious belief. For example, how… Read more »

Improve Your Exam Performances by Thinking Metacognitively

Posted by & filed under Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intelligence, Learning, Motivation-Emotion, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Think about the last time you went into an exam feeling like you had the material down tight and were going to do well on the exam. How did you actually do on that exam? If you did not do as well as you thought you were going to do going in what did… Read more »

“Further Research” and the Growth Mindset: Applying Psychological Research

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Description: I have written about Carol Dweck’s research on the “growth mindset’ before. Dweck’s research indicates that when students encounter difficult material (like say in Math) the attributions they make when their performance is not good on exams etc. makes a difference in their future performance. Performing poorly and deciding this reflects one’s basic lack… Read more »

Younger Sibling Effects: A New Look at the Cerebellum

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Description: When I am teaching about the brain in my introductory psychology classes and I talk about the cerebellum or “little brain” I (as psychology teachers and textbook authors have done for years) talk about the role that the cerebellum plays in “smoothing out” our motor movements and helping us be agile. That remains true… Read more »