Nonverbal Emotional Expression: IT is Not All in The Face

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Description: Did you watch the recent Golden Globe Awards (January 2020)? The MC was Ricky Gervais, well known for his caustic sharp comedic lines and he did not hold back. Because the audience was full of VERY recognizable people (film, TV, and music mega-stars) cameras cut many times to their reactions to things that Gervais… Read more »

Magic and Psychology: Sort Them Out or Fold Them Together?

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Description: Think back to the last time you saw a magician at work and in particular when they either made something disappear or, perhaps, appear or reappear unexpectedly or ‘magically’. What were you thinking about as they made those things happen? Were you trying to figure out how they did it? Were you trying to… Read more »

Understanding Black Friday and Boxing Day Sales: Psychological Ownership Helps

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Description: Do you take parit in Black Friday or Boxing Day sales? These are retail events where items, often in very limited quantities, are available at deep discounts and shoppers who take part in person can sometimes be quite aggressive in their efforts to obtain a super but limited bargain. You have likely not analyzed… Read more »

Is Video Gaming Addiction Real Addiction?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Persuasion, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: OK quick, answer this question: can someone become addicted to video gaming? Now, do you mean addicted as in the general use that suggests that many people like many different things a bit too much? Or do you mean addiction as in addicted to heroin or nicotine? And, is this distinction one we need… Read more »

Shopping Predicting Personality (not the other way around)

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Description: Usually, when designing a line of psychological research, we start from the psychology and predict the behavior – makes sense, because it is Psychological theories that we are developing. So, for example, think about what predictions you would make about people’s shopping (buying) behavior based on what you know or can find out about… Read more »

False Beliefs, Fake News and Social Influence: Critical Understanding

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Description: The internet provides us with access to vast arrays of information and research. Given this shouldn’t our beliefs be much more research based than they used to be? Weeelll, what about anti-vaxers? What about climate change deniers? Think about what the access to information provided by search engines like Google might do for us… Read more »

Clever Horses, School Children and The Pygmalion Effect

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: What do horses that seem to be able to spell and do math, grade school children, and stereotypes of poor people or smokers have in common? The Pygmalion Effect. Well that is not enlightening but what about expectancy effects and not their own expectancies but expectancies or assumptions that other have about them? How… Read more »

When We Bite on Fake News are We Partisan, Lazy, or Stupid?

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Description: Why do you think people fall for (believe) fake news stories? Is it because they simply want them to be true (confirmation bias – I KNOW that politicians are crooked!) when they align with our partisan leanings (It all political right?). Or, is it that we just find that we cannot build up enough… Read more »

How to Build Caring About Climate Change by Understanding How we Think About it

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Description: Most of us know, at least on a good day, that people need to care more about climate change. What we tend to do with that, though, is to point to other people as being the ones to blame for this lack of caring and lack of significant action — like politicians who ask… Read more »

Is Part of Voting Choice Genetic?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Language-Thought, Neuroscience, Personality, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology.

Description: Reflect on this quote for a second: [voters] “… fixated on sexual deviance, embraced conspiracy theories and aligned themselves with domineering leaders “to serve powerful interests and so participate in their power,…”. Does that sound like part of a recently penned effort to account for the patterns of voting during the 2016 American presidential… Read more »