ALIEN ABDUCTION! well, or maybe, something else?

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Description: Apparently about half of people when surveyed will say they believe in the existence of Aliens (little green people, or at least of some colour or other). There are also quite a few people (in fact, 3.7 million Americans in one poll) who believe they have experienced some form of alien abduction. What hypotheses… Read more »

Age of Majority/Maturity? 18!?? How do we know?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Human Development, Neuroscience, The Self.

Description: The age of majority is 18 where I live, 19 where I grew up and 21 in some other jurisdictions. This is the age at which one can drink legally, vote, and other things. It is also the age at which the local justice system starts to treat you as an adult and to… Read more »

Hiring and Other Prediction Decisions: Interviews Help, Right?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, Attitude Formation Change, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Language-Thought, Personality, Social Psychology.

Description: Imagine you are going to hire someone to work for you. What information would you want to gather before making a hiring decision? Would you want to interview the applicants who looked good on paper? How much weight would the interview have in your decision about who to hire? How about if you were… Read more »

Performance Improvement Without Physical Practice? Dream On!

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Description: Close your eyes and imagine yourself competing at the Olympics. Imagine the race, imagine what you need to do to compete well and then imagine winning a medal! OK nice daydream but you are probably not going to the Olympics and you may not even do the sport you were dreaming about doing. We… Read more »

Music To Sell Fries By?

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Description: OK, this sounds like a weird question perhaps but what music would you predict would be most likely to get you to say “YES” to the question “would you like fries with that?” The picture below (if you recognize ED) gives the answer away but the more important questions are why does this work… Read more »

Theory of Mind in Preschoolers: What’s in the Brain?

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Human Development, Learning, Neuroscience, The Self.

Description: We know that preschoolers have trouble with (but are quite cute about) their understanding of other people’s thoughts, especially when other people’s thoughts are different than their own. If you show a 3.5 year old that a box of smarties (they are like M and M’s but are British/Canadian) contains short golf pencils rather… Read more »

Rorschach Redux

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Personality Disorders, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: A little while back I posted on an article that was looking at new ways to use the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test. In that post and in the accompanying article the discussion was somewhat skeptical about whether or not the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test has any valid place in current clinical, psychiatric or forensic practice. I… Read more »

Bystander Effects in the Age of Social Media

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Description: If you have taken an introductory psychology course that included a section on social psychology you have likely heard about the Kitty Genovese case. It occurred in 1964 when Ms. Genovese was stabbed to death by an attacker in the Queens borough of New York in the very early morning hours. Accounts of the… Read more »