Psychological Research and Public Policy: A Study of Fluoridation and IQ

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Description: You have certainly heard about people described as anti-vaxers, people wo do not want their children vaccinated against diseases link the measles, mumps and rhubella because they believe there is scientific evidence that immunizations cause autism (despite the fact that the evidence is conclusive that there is no such effect and that the dangers… Read more »

Personality Testing: Diversion or Thin Edge of the Big Data Wedge?

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Description: How do you feel about personality tests? If your response to this question is some version of “meh” you might want to reconsider. Aside from being a part of all introductory psychology course curricula many people view personality tests as those diversions they encounter in magazines (well, on line these days). However, it is… Read more »

Self-Driving Vehicle Learning Curves: Have Some Empathy

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Description: How do you feel about self-driving cars? Would you trust your safety if they started driving though your neighbourhood (perhaps delivering packages or food)? What is a major challenge to computers (AI) learning to drive and to drive safely? Well, recognizing what they “see” so they can respond appropriately. A common position is that… Read more »

Politicians and Statistics: Why Are We Suckers?

Posted by & filed under Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Memory, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: We would all like to think that we are well aware that politicians sometimes play fast and loose with the numbers related to issues and that we are not likely to be fooled by them when they do. The reality, however, is that we buy more of what we hear politicians say about the… Read more »

Are Grades the Only Metric of Post-Secondary Development and Success? I hope NOT!

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual Cognitive Measures, Emerging Adulthood, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intelligence-Schooling, Motivation-Emotion, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Do you get, or/and do you think that your life would be entirely on the right path if, you got straight A’s in college/university? Well on the one hand, of course it would, right? Grades are the markers of accomplishment and content mastery in post-secondary institutions and, it might be said, the only serious… Read more »

Have to Remember Names in Psyc Class? No, but Yes, Remember Eleanor Maccoby

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, General Psychology, Human Development, Intelligence, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: I am often asked in my Introductory Psychology classes, just before exams, “do we have to memorize the names of the you talked about in class?” My answer to that question is not No but rather “I will not ask you any questions on the exam where the answer is a Psychologist’s name.” It… Read more »

What Can a One Word Turing Test Tell Us About What it Means to be Human (or Not)?

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Description: You have likely heard about the Turing test that is intended as a means of testing whether the entity one is conversing with via typed messages is a human being or an artificial intelligence (a computer program). Alan Turing argued that if a program seemed to those corresponding with it to be “human” then… Read more »

Expanding Psychology: Starting with Wisdom

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Description: As we enter into spring I am shifting gears a little bit on my posts. Specifically, I am going to focus a little bit on the edges of Psychology – on things that are not part of the mainstream parts of the discipline or on approaches to Psychology that are based on different assumptions… Read more »

Not “Are You Creative” but “Can You Become Creative”

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Description: In this post I am introducing you to another blog post that has just started under the Psychology Today umbrella. It is written by a couple of profs at George Mason University in Virginia and it is going to focus upon a view of creativity as a craft that can be practiced and honed… Read more »