Performance Improvement Without Physical Practice? Dream On!

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Description: Close your eyes and imagine yourself competing at the Olympics. Imagine the race, imagine what you need to do to compete well and then imagine winning a medal! OK nice daydream but you are probably not going to the Olympics and you may not even do the sport you were dreaming about doing. We… Read more »

Music To Sell Fries By?

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Description: OK, this sounds like a weird question perhaps but what music would you predict would be most likely to get you to say “YES” to the question “would you like fries with that?” The picture below (if you recognize ED) gives the answer away but the more important questions are why does this work… Read more »

Court Practices and Psychological Realities: Match or Mismatch?

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Description: Our law courts are places where rational processes test facts and arguments and where justice is consequently applied in a fair and “just” manner. Does that sound right to you? In the face of that description what role, if any, do emotions play in the judicial process? Before you say “none” think about the… Read more »

Vision or Hearing? Which does your brain “like” best?

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Description: So which of your senses (your vision or your hearing) does your brain give more credence to when interpreting incoming sensory information about the world? Parents are not supposed to have “favorite” children right, so should our brain have a “favorite” sense? OK maybe that’s not a fair comparison. To experience the McGurk effect… Read more »

Brain Training, Effective Tool or Waste of Time? It Depends!

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Description: You have heard about brain training exercises right? Do this, do that, go and play this game on that website and you will actually improve the general functioning of your brain. You will think better, more clearly, faster and you will do better on exams, in school and at work. So are claims like… Read more »

Does Empathy have a Dark Side?

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Description: Empathy is always good, right? Everyone would be a better person and make better, more moral, decisions if they more actively engaged with others in an empathetic manner, right? Well, that may largely be true but can you think of situations where that might not be true or where, in fact the exact opposite… Read more »

Facebook and Conformation Bias: A Problematic Combination?

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Description: You may have seen concerns raised in the media about the proliferation of fake or misleading news stories and especially how such stories can gain quite a high degree of traction through social media dissemination. Think about what you know about how Facebook is structured and used and then think about how that might… Read more »

Moral Flexibility and Other Effects: The Case of International Travel

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Description: International travel to exotic places and cultures is a broadening experience right? Certainly my own research on identity development suggests that travel, whether part of gap year before or during post-secondary study or after your university experience or at any point in life can broaden your horizons, help you to see wider possibilities and… Read more »