Is Common Sense a Problem?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Language-Thought.

Description: It is quite common for those talking about the nature of human rationality to point out that a number of the shortcuts or heuristics that we use in analyzing information that the world is presenting us may in fact lead us in the direction of making decisions that are ultimately less rational. This review… Read more »

Face-to-Face Interaction and Levels of Depression

Posted by & filed under Aging Psychological Disorders, Aging-Psychological Disorders, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Successful Aging.

Description: Are all social contacts more or less equal in terms of what they do for us? The study described in this article looked at the relationships between the frequency of several types of social contact and symptoms of depression among people over 50 years of age. What do YOU think they found? Source: Today… Read more »

Action Gaming and Executive Function: A Gamers’ Advantage?

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Description: There has been a lot of concern about the effective videogame violence, but what about positive effects of gaming? This article discusses the possibility that engaging in action gaming may have a long-term positive effect on the executive function of the brains of gamers. Source: The Inquisitive Mind, Experience in Action Games and the… Read more »

Effects of Gender Neutral Toy Aisles?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Persuasion, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: The next time you’re in a large store go have a look at the toy section. What you’ll probably notice are that the toys are divided essentially into pink girls’ aisles and blue boys’ aisles. Think about why this might be the case and then think about what the impact might be doing away… Read more »

How the Brain Codes Time and Place

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Memory, Neuroscience.

Description: We talk about how the hippocampus is involved in processing memories but when some researchers looked specifically at how we process information about when an event occurred and where that same event occurred it turns out that information is processed earlier and fed separately into the hippocampus. Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “How the… Read more »

Stress and University/College

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Description: For many students but especially for first year students, the first (fall) term can be rather stressful This is especially true for students who have not found their education particularly stressful prior to entering university or who have not developed or built strategies for recognizing and preparing to cope with the stress of the… Read more »

Does Trust Impact Social Reward Levels?

Posted by & filed under Families and Peers, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Are our decisions in situations with positive or negative financial outcomes governed solely by the pluses and minuses of gain and loss or are there other factors such as the nature of our relationship with the people with whom we are buying selling or trading that are important influences on our decision-making strategies? Source:… Read more »

Is Depression Catch-able?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, Disorders of Childhood, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Ignoring the title of the article this post focuses upon for a second what would be your prediction? Is hanging around with depressed people likely to make you depressed? What about the opposite (hanging around with happy – or at least well-adjusted stable people)? Source: Science Daily: Happiness spreads but depressions doesn’t Date: August… Read more »

OPA comments on Globe and Mail Open Minds series on Canada’s Current Mental Health Treatment Picture

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: So how do psychologists feel about the issues raised in the Globe and Mail’s Open Minds series on the state of mental health treatment in Canada? Read this Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) Facebook page post to see their specific response to an Op Ed (opinion/editorial) column by Andre Picard a Globe and Mail health… Read more »

Subjective Age and Employee Performance: Its all in how old they feel

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Successful Aging, Uncategorized, Work Retirement Leisure Patterns.

Description: Have you heard anyone say that it is how old they feel that matters not how old they are? Well while you might have thought that was just wishful thinking on the part of an older person this study suggests that it also impact work performance and satisfaction and a company’s bottom line. Source:… Read more »