Dreams and the Real World? Maybe an Evolutionary Tie-in!

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Description: What have you heard about what Psychology has to say about dreams? Well, if you have had an introductory course from me you would have heard me say that theories like those of Freud, that our dreams contain deep life insights and meaning, are not supported by research, especially in terms of dream interpretation… Read more »

Is “Fake it ’til you make it” that simple?

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Description: Quick! Who is happier, or who is more often happier, introverts of extroverts? Well, consistently research seems to show that extroverts are happier than introverts more of the time. Why do you think that might be? If it is the case that being extroverted or perhaps acting in an extroverted manner makes you happier… Read more »

Ancestral Farming Practices and Current Starbucks Behavior: Do We Need to Dig Deeper Culturally Speaking?

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Description: Let’s start by thinking about the role that culture can play in individual behavior. First, do you believe your culture can influence your behavior? Well, cross-cultural developmental psychologists make the clear argument that, generally speaking, Japanese mothers work to socialize their young children to be more dependent upon or to see themselves as less… Read more »

Researcher Bias, Facillitated Communication and Ouija Boards: Quite a Combination

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Description: This could be a Criminal Minds script. A physician sees 2 infants from the same family in his sleep laboratory. Both showed signs of sleep apnea and shortly after discharge from the lab they each die of what is certified as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, part of which may be linked to prolonged apnea… Read more »

Research Objectivity: Puppy Cuteness and Canine-Human Communication

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Description: You have likely been told over and over in your psychology classes that when you are thinking about designing a research study or when you are thinking about how to narrow a question you have down to one that is actually testable you need to make sure that you do not let any of… Read more »

Narcissists + Power = ?

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Description: Do you know what makes someone a Narcissist? Or, perhaps more simply put, are you a narcissist (rate yourself on a 1 (NO) to 7 (YES) point scale). Narcissists are people who feel superior, entitled and who have a constant desire for admiration from others. Know anyone like that? If you do, with them… 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 »

Does Brain-Training Work? A Meta-Analysis Says Only Specifically

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Description: You have no doubt noticed some of the many claims in the media about the possibility that playing brain-training games can improve your general cognitive functioning. Many of these claims include statements to the effect that research has proven that their game or games do in fact have a positive influence on people’s cognitive… Read more »

Walking Blues? No! Walking Happies!

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Description: Walking is good for you. Walking makes you happier. No doubt you’ve heard one or the other of these statements and probably more than once. Think for a moment about how you would assess the hypothesis that simply walking improves your mood (makes you happier). Based on the methodological discussion in one or another… Read more »

Crisis? What Crisis? Oh THAT Crisis!

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Description: Remember replicability? As in the mark of a good psychological study is that it is replicable, that is, if someone else read it and then tried to run it on their own they should get the same results as the original study if we are to take the original study seriously. Well putting aside… Read more »