Santa Lies and Other Reindeer Games

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Moral Development, Social Psychology.

Description: Okay, at the risk of once more convincing people that academics have particular talents for taking all the mystery and fun out of life, let me ask you to consider the important question of whether parents should continue to lie to their young children about the reality of good old Santa Claus. Even if… Read more »

Agnotology? Why You Should Want to Know What This Is.

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Language-Thought, Learning, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Have you heard of agnotology? According to a number of social scientists you should really work on wanting to know what this term is and what its implications are for how we are forming our beliefs and opinions and developing our “expertise”. In the 1960s a tobacco company developed a number of strategies and… Read more »

Exploration versus Exploitation: How to Balance Group Problem Solving

Posted by & filed under Group Processes, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Social Psychology.

Description: If a group or team is faced with solving a complicated problem what sorts of factors do you think might be important in making sure that there is an appropriate balance between exploration (looking for possible solutions) and exploitation (working on a particular possible solution)? How might these factors vary if the group is… Read more »

Clowns and the Psychology of “Creepyness”

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Group Processes, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: How do you feel about clowns? When my brother and I were young there was this toy clown was about a foot and a half tall that we’d somehow acquired from somewhere and which we both decided it was just creepy. In fact, it was so creepy that we took it in hit it… Read more »

Your Brain on City

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Intergroup Relations, Neuroscience, Psychological Health, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: How do you think living in a city, a large city, as opposed to a small town or in the country impacts your physical and mental health? From a genetic or sociobiological (long-term historical) perspective we are clearly not adapted to living in large urban environments. So what might some of the effects be… Read more »

How Good a “Reader” of Others Emotions Are You?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Social Cognition, Social Psychology.

Description: Are you a good reader of other people’s emotions. That is, when you watch someone’s facial expression and particularly when you look at their eyes are you very good at telling how they’re feeling? If you are, or if you’re not, what life experiences do you think have contributed to your level of ability… Read more »

Predicting Potential Terrorists: Option or Ethical Pit?

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Human Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Social Psychology.

Description: Can Psychology figure out how to predict who will and who will not become a terrorist? Do you think we could do this in Psychology? What would we look at in the way of predictors? What sorts of ethical considerations might arise? Source: Who Will Become a Terrorist? Research Yields Few Clues, Matt Apuzzo,… Read more »

Football, Will Smith and CTE

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology.

Description: The recently released Will Smith film, Concussion, dramatizes a rising concern over the long-term effects of head injuries suffered by professional football players (among other athletes). This video story reports on a study in which the brains of former NFL players would passed away were autopsied and studied in detail for the effects of… Read more »

How Psychology Can Save the World from Climate Change

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Description: So think about it, what role might psychology have to play in saving the world from climate change? Source: How Psychology Can Save the World from Climate Change, Tania Lombrozo, Cosmos and Culture (13.7) Date: November 30, 2015 Photo Credit: Laurent Cipriani/AP Links: Article Link — http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/11/30/457835780/how-psychology-can-save-the-world-from-climate-change The core issues and climate change sure… Read more »