Speed Reading: Resource for Beleaguered Students or Marketing Hype?

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Description: It is heading towards another exam time (of course it is!) and you are swamped with reading – maybe if you took a speed reading course your life would become manageable! Well, as we say in Psychology, how about looking to see if there is any data on the efficacy of that sort of… Read more »

Video Game Addiction: Internet Gaming Addiction and the DSM-V

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Psychology, Disorders of Childhood, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children Adolescents, The Self.

Description: Have you heard anybody say that they think they might be addicted to video games? Have you wondered that about yourself? At least you certainly heard some mention in the media of the possibility of young people becoming addicted to video games. The question of whether video games ought to be included in the… Read more »

Experiences that Teach Empathy?

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Intergroup Relations, Moral Development, Neuroscience.

Description: Within Western society, we typically view the basic psychological unit of analysis to be an autonomous self-interested individual person. This basic unit of analysis gives rise to problems only consider concepts like empathy or prosocial behaviour where individuals act apparently against their self-interest by helping others. So if we are self-interested why would we… Read more »

It’s Not What you Say It’s How Your Say It: Keys to Relationship Survival

Posted by & filed under Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Social Influence, Social Perception.

Description: A number of years ago, a researcher by John Gottman made the claim that he could predict, based on a single observational session of a couple interacting with one another while talking about an issue that mattered to them, 94% accuracy within that couple but still be together in one year. He did this… Read more »

How Psychology Can Save the World from Climate Change

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Description: So think about it, what role might psychology have to play in saving the world from climate change? Source: How Psychology Can Save the World from Climate Change, Tania Lombrozo, Cosmos and Culture (13.7) Date: November 30, 2015 Photo Credit: Laurent Cipriani/AP Links: Article Link — http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/11/30/457835780/how-psychology-can-save-the-world-from-climate-change The core issues and climate change sure… Read more »

Gender and Loneliness?

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Description: Following separation and/or divorce what is your bet is to is lonelier, males or females? Source: Surprising Differences between Lonely Women and Lonely Men, World of Psychology, Kira Asatryan. Date: November 30, 2015 Photo Credit: psychcentral.com Links: Article Link — http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/11/26/surprising-differences-between-lonely-women-and-lonely-men/ We know there are gender differences in how males and females react to… Read more »

Cultural Variation in Children’s Notions of Fairness

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Moral Development, Social Cognition.

Description: From their earliest social interactions children are quick to indicate whether they think their interactions are fair or not. The developmental question of when the children start to use the term fair in a mature manner has been studied a lot. However, to think the findings of such studies might very by culture? That’s… Read more »

Team Managers: Individual or Group Focus Best?

Posted by & filed under Group Processes, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Intergroup Relations, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Think of the last time you worked in a group, perhaps as part of a class project. If there was one group member in charge of the group, how did their behaviour towards individual members of the group and the group as a whole effect overall group performance as well as the feelings of… Read more »