8 Months in Hawaii? YES! 8 months on Simulated Mars? Weeeellllll……

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Description: How would you like to spend 8 MONTHS in Hawaii? Are you down with that? OK well what if the 8 months were to be spent on a plateau just below the summit of the still active Mauna Lao volcano on the Big Island on a simulated Mars mission with 5 other people living… Read more »

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

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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 »

Teen Risk-taking: Biology and ?

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Description: So we all know that teenagers are reckless right? By that, we mean that teenagers take more risks in their day-to-day lives when making decisions about what to do compared to younger and older people. There is not a lot of debate about this and usually we ascribe this observation to biological/developmental causes such… Read more »

Toxic Bosses: Find Out About the Dark Side of Personality

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Description: Having a boss who is “certifiable” is clearly not going to be good for one’s wellbeing and mental health but what collections of boss personality traits are the most toxic? Well what comes to mind in relation to the term “dark triad of personality traits?” Darth Vader? … not far off the mark actually…. 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 »

Road Rage: You Be The Psychologist

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Description: Ok you be the psychologist here! My home town, Calgary, has experienced an astonishing and worrying number of road rage incidents over the last week or so (described in the article linked below). So, what is going on? Additional data? A police spokesman say he has never seen this much road rage in his… Read more »

The Development/Learning of Prejudice: The Trump Effect (and what to do about it)

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Description: From our Canadian perspective American presidential elections are often a source of interest, fascination, and sometimes concern. The current election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has raised a surprisingly large number of psychologically relevant points, issues and concerns. An article I posted earlier this year (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/general-psychology/abnormal-psychology/diagnosing-at-a-distance-what-about-donald/) talked about how psychologists are ethically… Read more »

Racism versus Implicit Bias

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Description: Have you heard of implicit bias? While we define racism as an active belief involving negatively prejudging individuals on the basis of race, the concept of implicit bias is more complicated. Our mind is primed to make automatic associations between some concepts very quickly. Doing so in many situations provides an adaptive advantage. So… Read more »

Mind-Body Interconnections: The Adrenal medulla

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Description: You probably heard about the important role that the adrenal medulla plays in our bodies rapid responses to stressful situations, usually referred to as the fight flight response. What you may not be entirely clear on is how that area of the brain gets fired up or more specifically how that part of the… Read more »

Bystander Intervention: Old or Current News?

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Description: If you heard the name Kitty Genovese? If you had an introductory psychology course with a section on social psychology, then you probably have. In the standard introductory psychology textbook including my own, is usually some account of Kitty’s death and of some large number of witnesses who heard her screams and who did… Read more »