Why Watch Toddler TV?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Language Development.

Description: It is old news now, but do you recall any of the fuss about the Teletubbies TV show? When it first arrive to North American TV screens in 1997 there was an intense storm of media discussion about how very young children (2 and even younger) loved it and parents were perplexed as they… Read more »

Literacy and Dementia: Think About It!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging-Psychological Disorders, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Language-Thought, Neuroscience.

Description: Here is a somewhat backhanded test of your current understanding of factors relating to rates of dementia in elder individuals. What would you predict about the comparable rates of depression among otherwise similar groups of literate and illiterate elderly individuals? If you think there will be a rate difference between these two groups what… Read more »

Precognition, Porn, and Psychology’s Replication Crisis

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Language-Thought, Legal Ethical Issues, Research Methods, Research Methods in ADA, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Social Psychology.

Description: What does ESP have to do with science? Well, the typical response to that question is to say that the more tightly controlled experimental tests of Extra Sensory Perception are, the less significant results we find supporting the existence of ESP. Then along came Darrell Bem, a social psychologist/researcher of powerful reputation, who ran… Read more »

5 Little Words that Signal Political Affiliation

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Language-Thought, Personality, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Think about American politics; no not about THAT guy for once but just about the differences between Democrats and Republicans. If you met an American, what sorts of things might they say that would lead you to product that they are likely to identify as a Republican or a Democrat?  What might be the… Read more »

Infant Hearing Deficits: Developmental Puzzles to Mysteries

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Language Development, Language-Thought, Learning, Neuroscience, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth.

Description: Malcom Gladwell, in various places writes and speaks about how in  many areas of life but particularly in areas relating to health and wellbeing we have or are experiencing a shift in the task of figuring out how to make our lives and those of people around us better (healthier, longer, richer etc.). What… Read more »

False Beliefs, Fake News and Social Influence: Critical Understanding

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology.

Description: The internet provides us with access to vast arrays of information and research. Given this shouldn’t our beliefs be much more research based than they used to be? Weeelll, what about anti-vaxers? What about climate change deniers? Think about what the access to information provided by search engines like Google might do for us… Read more »

What Could Possibly Be Adaptive About Buying Into Fake News?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: If you believe another person is not thinking properly about something what is the best way to get them change their mind and to think more clearly? If you thought that showing them some facts would be a good idea you are not alone as that is what most people think, especially when the… Read more »

Politicians and Statistics: Why Are We Suckers?

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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 »