If Rats Have Empathy Do We Understand What Empathy Involves?

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Description: How would you define empathy? Would feeling another person’s feelings capture it or at least part of it? Some sort of positive response would likely also need to be included in the definition, but it could be seen to follow from the first part. So how do we feel what someone else feels? We… 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 »

Addiction to Heroin, Internet Gaming, or Cats: Where and How to Draw a Line

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Description: Answer this question quickly off the top of your head: Is it possible for someone to become addicted to internet gaming? If you said yes, think about whether you mean that it is possible for someone to become genuinely addicted to internet gaming like someone could become addicted to heroin or whether you mean… Read more »

Clever Horses, School Children and The Pygmalion Effect

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: What do horses that seem to be able to spell and do math, grade school children, and stereotypes of poor people or smokers have in common? The Pygmalion Effect. Well that is not enlightening but what about expectancy effects and not their own expectancies but expectancies or assumptions that other have about them? How… Read more »

Anger and Self-Regulation: Learn From the Inuit

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Indigenous Psychology, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: A huge part of growing up (well of developing and being “raised”) is learning how to self-regulate. Think of what small children do from time to time – they may have a tantrum when they do not get their way, they may eat all the cookies on the counter, they may be distracted by… Read more »

Animals and Emotions: How Do You Feel About THAT?

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Description: OK, quick, without any reflection, answer these questions: Do animals have emotions? Or do they have the same emotional range and depth that we do? If you are like most people you probably hesitated a bit even if you decided to answer yes to either of those questions. Why hesitate? Well, maybe your feelings… Read more »

Expressive Writing and PTSD: (W)ri(gh)ting Yourself, a Meta-Analysis

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Have you ever heard that writing might be good for you? I do not mean that taking English classes is good for you (though it might be) but rather that writing about anything from past traumatic life events to future hopes and aspirations might actually not only help you cope with past trauma or… 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 »

Want to Feel Better? Write Yourself a Park Prescription

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, mental illness, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Life is not a walk in the park. Have you heard that saying? It is usually taken to suggest that life, at times at least, is not easy, but what if we put it slightly differently by saying that life should include regular walks in the park. What about THAT might be good for… Read more »