Toxoplasmosis, Inflamation, and Dementia: New Possibilities

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging Psychological Disorders, Chronic Illness, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia.

Description: Perhaps you have heard about Toxoplasmosis? It is a condition caused by a parasite that is carried by cats who catch wild birds and that can be picked up by humans when they clean the cats’ litter boxes and inhale some of the T. gondii parasite while doing so. Exposure among pregnant women can… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19: Cultural Variation in Reactions to Social Restrictions

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Cultural Variation, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: We know a LOT about social distancing at this point in time (Fall 2020) don’t we? Well, we might think we do but as we need to consider increasingly comprehensive restrictions on social engagement as the pandemic surges into the winter months it is helpful to see that quite a bit of Psychological research… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Challenges in Diagnosing and Treating OCD

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: I hope you are washing your hands A LOT these days! In fact, might you say that you are washing your hands compulsively? That is not really an appropriate descriptor but here is something to think about. What effect do you think the appropriate jump in hand washing over the past 8 months and… Read more »

Is it Exercise or Nature That is Good For You? Or is it Both?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Research Methods, Research Methods in ChD, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Imagine you volunteer for a research study. As part of the study you are shown a pair of pictures (two men or two women) and you are asked to pick the one that is the most attractive. After you make your choice you are handed the picture you chose and asked to explain why… Read more »

The Bright Side of Narcissism?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Depression, Health Psychology, Personality, Personality Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: As we roll towards November even those of us who are NOT American or living in the United States are anticipating the upcoming election with a wide range of thoughts and emotions. Before he, possibly, moves on we can yet again consider a much-discussed possible aspect of Donald Trump’s personality, specifically narcissism. The trait… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid 19: Unselfish Self Care

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Have you read anything about Positive Psychology? It is a relatively new sub-discipline within Psychology that is based on the idea that Psychology can do more that focus in on the ways in which things can go wrong for us in terms of things like mental illness. Research in Positive Psychology looks at what… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19: Dogs versus Cats?

Posted by & filed under Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: I am going to ask you a question but before I do I need you to put aside a bias you may have and try to be objective. Are you a cat person pr a dog person? If your answer to that question is something like, “they are both nice” or “I am indifferent… Read more »

Baby’s Heart Rate and Mother’s Mental Health

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: If you have even a passing interest in infant development you have likely previously run across concerns about post-partum depression. If so (or if not) consider this question. What is it about material anxiety and depression that potentially results in negative developmental outcomes for the infants of those mothers? Yes, of course it likely… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Uncertainty about Uncertainty Itself

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: You have heard the Roosevelt quote from a speech celebrating Human Rights Day in 1948; “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Now, without diving too deeply into what that might mean, but taking it as a metaphorical lead, think about this. Uncertainty (of outcomes, processes, and next steps) is a… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19 – Effects of Social Isolation

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: I have posted previously about the non-obvious ways in which the social isolation imposed upon us by the Coronavirus pandemic have added to our levels of stress and anxiety. However, my focus in those posts was on the atypical or unnatural nature of alternative forms of social engagement such as video conferencing using Zoom…. Read more »