Moral Enhancements: Is ‘Fixing Criminals’ Viable and a Good Idea?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience.

Description: Hypothetically, if there were a way to change the brains or the brain chemistry of criminals in order to ‘make them more moral’ would that be a good idea? Should we try it out? Maybe do not answer Yes or No to this question but, rather, think about what else you would like to… Read more »

Love and Your Smartphone: Which is More Important?

Posted by & filed under Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Do you love your smart phone? I mean really love your smart phone? Or perhaps think about it another way. How does your use of your smartphone over the course of a typical day impact your primary relationship(s)? If you are not sure about this think about people you have seen together at movies,… Read more »

Good Worry: What Might That Be?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: OK here is an exercise in hypothesis generation. Worry and the anxiety and stress potentially associated with it are all bad right? Well, think about possible ways in which worry might be of psychological benefit to us. How would you design a study (ethically) to test your hypotheses? Once you have your thoughts in… Read more »

Social Impact of Facebook: Some of it is Quite Positive!

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Death and Dying, Families and Peers, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Perhaps you have heard about concerns about ways in which Facebook and other social media sites can potentially contribute to social isolation (as they do not involve “real social face-to-face connections”). While there IS research supporting this concern can you think of situations and ways in which Facebook could, in fact, have exactly the… Read more »

Rorschach Redux

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Personality Disorders, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: A little while back I posted on an article that was looking at new ways to use the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test. In that post and in the accompanying article the discussion was somewhat skeptical about whether or not the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test has any valid place in current clinical, psychiatric or forensic practice. I… Read more »

What Does Humility Look Like as a Personality Dimension?

Posted by & filed under General Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Motivation-Emotion, Personality.

Description: If I told you that an under-researched personality dimension involves humility what comes to mind? What would distinguish a humble person from a non-humble person particularly in terms of their own thoughts, beliefs and ideas? How might the interpersonal interactions of people high on this dimension differ from those of people low on this… Read more »

Resist the Self-Help Craze: Resistance is NOT Futile!

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Spank your inner child! Well that may be an extreme sentiment but what are we to make of the thriving and, at times, overwhelming self-help industry of books, websites, television shows etc etc? Is there no pushback? Well, yes, there is. Svend Brinkmann is a Danish psychologist and philosopher (nice combination!) who has written… Read more »

Mental Imagery Techniques for Managing Day-to-Day Emotional Events (oh and PTSD too!)

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Mental Imagery training is used frequently as part of cognitive therapy approaches to helping people with PTSD related to exposure to traumatic events. Mental Imagery is also used in sports to assist athletes in focusing upon the components of peak performance. But can people be taught to effectively use Mental Imagery to reduce the… Read more »