Good Worry: What Might That Be?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: OK here is an exercise in hypothesis generation. Worry and the anxiety and stress potentially associated with it are all bad right? Well, think about possible ways in which worry might be of psychological benefit to us. How would you design a study (ethically) to test your hypotheses? Once you have your thoughts in… Read more »

Age of Majority/Maturity? 18!?? How do we know?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Human Development, Neuroscience, The Self.

Description: The age of majority is 18 where I live, 19 where I grew up and 21 in some other jurisdictions. This is the age at which one can drink legally, vote, and other things. It is also the age at which the local justice system starts to treat you as an adult and to… Read more »

Performance Improvement Without Physical Practice? Dream On!

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Language-Thought, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Close your eyes and imagine yourself competing at the Olympics. Imagine the race, imagine what you need to do to compete well and then imagine winning a medal! OK nice daydream but you are probably not going to the Olympics and you may not even do the sport you were dreaming about doing. We… Read more »

Teen Risk-taking: Biology and ?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Research Methods.

Description: So we all know that teenagers are reckless right? By that, we mean that teenagers take more risks in their day-to-day lives when making decisions about what to do compared to younger and older people. There is not a lot of debate about this and usually we ascribe this observation to biological/developmental causes such… Read more »

Heart Disease <=> Mental Illness?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Research Methods, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Look at the title of the article featured in the link below.  Based only on the title, what do you think the article is about? Is it suggesting that heart disease also causes mental illness?… or is it that mental illness caused heart disease (perhaps through heightened stress pathways)?? Think about what hypothesis you…

PTSD and Jury Duty?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Consider this quote…“Be care­ful about the use of al­co­hol, or caf­feine and to­bacco or drugs to help you dur­ing this cop­ing process,” Who, or rather, what sort of person makes this sort of statement, to whom, and it what context? Could it be a councilor speaking to military personally returning from duty in a… Read more »

Brain Training, Effective Tool or Waste of Time? It Depends!

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: You have heard about brain training exercises right? Do this, do that, go and play this game on that website and you will actually improve the general functioning of your brain. You will think better, more clearly, faster and you will do better on exams, in school and at work. So are claims like… Read more »

Care for Caregivers: Helping those Helping the Terminally Ill

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Chronic Illness, Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Make a prediction. How are feelings of anxiety and depression related to caring for a terminally ill person or loved one? What proportion of people engaged in such care do you think show such symptoms? Once you have your hypotheses in mind have a read through the article linked below and see how your… Read more »

Toxic Bosses: Find Out About the Dark Side of Personality

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Personality, Personality Disorders, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Having a boss who is “certifiable” is clearly not going to be good for one’s wellbeing and mental health but what collections of boss personality traits are the most toxic? Well what comes to mind in relation to the term “dark triad of personality traits?” Darth Vader? … not far off the mark actually…. Read more »

Gaming Depression: Playing your way to mental health

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Aging Psychological Disorders, Aging-Psychological Disorders, Depression, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: How might playing a tablet based game have a positive impact upon symptoms of late-life (post 60 years) depression? Before you read the article linked below think about the symptoms that are typically associated with depression. In addition to mood related issues (obviously associated with depression) what sorts of cognitive factors are associated with… Read more »