The Perfect Gift? or Iffy Science

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Description: What makes for a perfect present? Cost? Uniqueness? Thoughtfulness? Surprise value? Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was some psychosocial research done on this seasonally vital question? Wait no longer! Before reading the article linked below think a bit about what made some of the best presents you have given or received so great…. Read more »

Family Gatherings as Opportunities to Reflect on Developmental Baggage

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Personality Disorders, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: So are you (were you) looking forward to spending time with your family over the holiday break? If not or if you were reminded about the things you find difficult about being back together with your family what did you do? Sometimes being taken back to your childhood or adolescence by the social context… Read more »

Road Rage: You Be The Psychologist

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Anxiety OC PTSD, Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

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 »

Collective Trauma: Expanding Beyond Individual Psychology

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Consciousness, Depression, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Social Influence, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: If you glance at the title of the article that is linked below you may think that the article is yet another look at the impact of Donald Trump’s victory on the mental health of Americans. That is partly true, but the article linked below goes further and draws to our attention the importance… Read more »

Mental Health, Spirituality and Life’s BIG questions

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Death and Dying, Depression, Development of the Self, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Off the top of your head what you think the relationship might be between spirituality and mental health? Certainly one possibility, for which there is research support, is that the involvement in a spiritual group provides a degree of social support which may be of assistance in coping with mental health issues. On the… Read more »

Santa Lies and Other Reindeer Games

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Moral Development, Social Psychology.

Description: Okay, at the risk of once more convincing people that academics have particular talents for taking all the mystery and fun out of life, let me ask you to consider the important question of whether parents should continue to lie to their young children about the reality of good old Santa Claus. Even if… 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 »

Does Bad Hiding = Ego-centrism in Preschoolers?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Human Development, The Self.

Description: Have you ever watched young preschool children play hiding games? When my children were younger and we were out for a walk through the neighbourhood we would occasionally take turns running a little bit ahead, “hiding” behind a tree and then “surprising” the other person as they caught up to the tree. What was… Read more »

Agnotology? Why You Should Want to Know What This Is.

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Description: Have you heard of agnotology? According to a number of social scientists you should really work on wanting to know what this term is and what its implications are for how we are forming our beliefs and opinions and developing our “expertise”. In the 1960s a tobacco company developed a number of strategies and… Read more »