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

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Language-Thought, Moral Development, The Self.

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 »

Praise Leads to Cheating? How so?

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Description: Ok here is a “simple” question. What are the effects of praise (parental praise delivered to children) on those children’s moral development and their moral behaviour? Put more specifically, are children who are praised more or less likely to cheat if given an opportunity? What is your hypothesis reading the nature of this relationship?… Read more »

Moral Enhancements: Is ‘Fixing Criminals’ Viable and a Good Idea?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience.

Description: Hypothetically, if there were a way to change the brains or the brain chemistry of criminals in order to ‘make them more moral’ would that be a good idea? Should we try it out? Maybe do not answer Yes or No to this question but, rather, think about what else you would like to… Read more »

Bystander Effects in the Age of Social Media

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Description: If you have taken an introductory psychology course that included a section on social psychology you have likely heard about the Kitty Genovese case. It occurred in 1964 when Ms. Genovese was stabbed to death by an attacker in the Queens borough of New York in the very early morning hours. Accounts of the… Read more »

Resist the Self-Help Craze: Resistance is NOT Futile!

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Spank your inner child! Well that may be an extreme sentiment but what are we to make of the thriving and, at times, overwhelming self-help industry of books, websites, television shows etc etc? Is there no pushback? Well, yes, there is. Svend Brinkmann is a Danish psychologist and philosopher (nice combination!) who has written… Read more »

Neuroethics and Moral Bioenhancement: Remember what the door-mouse said… Feed your head.

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Description: One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the one that mother gave you doesn’t do anything at all. …… feed your head….. These (like the latter bit of the title of this post) are lyrics from a 1967 song called ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane. They reflect the huge… Read more »

Santa Lies and Other Reindeer Games

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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 »

The Development/Learning of Prejudice: The Trump Effect (and what to do about it)

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Attitude Formation Change, Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Moral Development, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: From our Canadian perspective American presidential elections are often a source of interest, fascination, and sometimes concern. The current election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has raised a surprisingly large number of psychologically relevant points, issues and concerns. An article I posted earlier this year (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/general-psychology/abnormal-psychology/diagnosing-at-a-distance-what-about-donald/) talked about how psychologists are ethically… Read more »