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 »

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?

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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 »

Self-Help with Social Stress: Getting Through 1st Year

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Description: The move to college or university from high school environment can be a difficult one. In particular, first-year students often struggle with different versions of social stress which are really focused on whether or not there to be able to measure up in their new learning environment. The article linked below talks about a… Read more »

Selfies and Other Smart Phone Self-Help Opportunities

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Description: I have posted a couple of links already to articles discussing research looking at different issues related to the taking of Selfies. Rather than being something exotic, it’s clear that the taking of Selfies and the conducting of research involving the taking of Selfies is going to become more common theme in the psychological… Read more »

Is More Time or More Money More Important to Your Happiness?

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Description: Think carefully about the answer to this question. If you are given a choice would you rather have more money, or more free time? So perhaps $1000 versus a week off to do whatever you want. Which choice would you make? And which choice, once made, would make you happier? After you’ve answered that… Read more »