New Canadian Cannabis Laws and Teenage Brains

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Child Development, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: This next Wednesday the use of cannabis or marijuana will become legal in Canada. If you live in Canada you cannot have missed the torrent of media on things like the formation and marketing of companies to produce, market and sell marijuana or the public service ads pointing out that toking/ingesting and driving are… Read more »

PTSD with Ecstasy as a Treament Add-on?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, mental illness, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in CP, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: I have posted a number of times in the past on the topic of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – search PTSD in the Weekly Updates search window). Symptoms of PTSD are worryingly common among retiring military veterans. The rate in the general population is just under 10% while the rate among returning vets… Read more »

Mindfulness and Social Exclusion: Overcoming the Impact of Being Banish’d

Posted by & filed under Intergroup Relations, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Think back (perhaps back to your grade school days) and think of a time or situation where you got left out by your peers, where you did not get invited to a birthday party or asked to play in a recess game. How did that make you feel?  Does that sort of thing not… Read more »

Texting Research: Way Beyond Good versus Evil

Posted by & filed under Health Psychology, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Quick! Answer this question off the top of your head: Is texting good or bad? Well, assuming your mind did not leap to issues arising from presidential tweets your yes or no answer likely reflected your personal preferences regarding texts or perhaps the Psychological researcher in you suggested that the question was too simplistic… Read more »

What Can a One Word Turing Test Tell Us About What it Means to be Human (or Not)?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, The Self.

Description: You have likely heard about the Turing test that is intended as a means of testing whether the entity one is conversing with via typed messages is a human being or an artificial intelligence (a computer program). Alan Turing argued that if a program seemed to those corresponding with it to be “human” then… Read more »

Young and Old: Who is happier?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Death and Dying, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Successful Aging, Work Retirement Leisure Patterns.

Description: Simple question: who is happier a 30 year old or a 70 year old? What do you think? Must be the 30 year old if only for the existential issues, 70 years of age is WAY closer to death than 30 so, of course the 30 year old is happier right? Well, wrong, actually…. Read more »

Are Teenagers Losing Their Minds?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Emerging Adulthood, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Have you heard that teenagers these days are effectively having their brains rewired by their massive use of digital technologies? I did not ask if you were aware of this as a truth but just whether you had heard it stated as if it were true. Such ideas, that up-coming generations are being sculpted… Read more »

Rapid Onset Gender Dysmorphia: Research Issues and Challenges

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Psychology, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Sexual Disorders Gender Dysphoria, Stress Coping - Health, The Self, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Gender Dysphoria is a diagnostic category in the DSM-5. You can find a description and the diagnostic criteria here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/conditions/gender-dysphoria . The question of what sorts of variables contribute to an individual of one sex having feelings that they are actually another sex (and yes, I realize that speaking of sex in a binary… Read more »

Big Decision to Make? Psychological Science can Really Help!

Posted by & filed under Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: What are you going to have for lunch today? How about after dinner, are you doing to watch a movie or TV? What will you watch? Are you going to get married? What career are you going to pursue? Some decisions are easy and some are, well, NOT.  How do you make BIG decisions?… Read more »