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 »

Impulsivity: What Does It Predict?

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Description: Given a choice would you rather have $40 right now or $80 next month? Seriously, which would you likely pick? Picking $40 now may seem like a small thing but it may reflect a fairly broad reaching underlying cognitive style of impulsivity. What sorts of day to day behaviors do you think would be… Read more »

The Social Psychology of Parking Fine Payment

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Description: It may not seem like a big deal or much of a surprise to hear that a lot of people do not pay the parking tickets they are given. Why should we care about this? Well in terms of direct self-interest and no matter how you feel about it, tickets are a revenue stream… Read more »

Moral Flexibility and Other Effects: The Case of International Travel

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Attitude Formation Change, Development of the Self, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Student Success, The Self.

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 »

Resilience: What makes us stronger?

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Description: How is it that some people who experience traumatic events seem to do better in the long run than others? Decades ago Emmy Werner conducted a huge study on the island of Kauai in Hawaii (beginning in 1955) which ran for 32 years and which looked at the life experiences of every child born… Read more »

Neuroethics and Moral Bioenhancement: Remember what the door-mouse said… Feed your head.

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Description: One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the one that mother gave you doesn’t do anything at all. …… feed your head….. These (like the latter bit of the title of this post) are lyrics from a 1967 song called ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane. They reflect the huge… Read more »

Stress and Alcohol: Brain Linkages

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Description: Given that this time of year (heading into end of term exams) is particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for college and university students I thought I would talk about three articles (this one and the two below it) that are about stress but which look at stress from a novel, hopefully distracting, perspective which… Read more »

Does Rehab Work?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Attitude Formation Change, General Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Psychological Intervention, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: One of the most common treatments for drug and alcohol issues is rehab. It is likely you heard of one celebrity or another checking themselves into rehab in order to try and deal with substance issues. Rehab typically involves residential treatment in which the person goes and stays somewhere for a potentially extended period… Read more »

Exploration versus Exploitation: How to Balance Group Problem Solving

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Description: If a group or team is faced with solving a complicated problem what sorts of factors do you think might be important in making sure that there is an appropriate balance between exploration (looking for possible solutions) and exploitation (working on a particular possible solution)? How might these factors vary if the group is… Read more »