Xenophobia and Social Stigma: A Loss of Control/Balance?

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Description: Xenophobia involves an intense dislike and/or fear of people from other countries. What sorts of factors keep people from thinking xenophobic thoughts, expressing xenophobic views or acting in xenophobically hateful or dangerous ways? Well, morality and rationality would, we hope, play something of a limiting role in this but another big factor are the… Read more »

Young Male Development and Extreme Behavior: Understanding → Prevention

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Description: Mass shootings are terrifying both in their consequences and in the challenges they pose when trying to figure out why they happened, if they could have been prevented  and what steps may be taken to reduce the likelihood of anything like them happening again. I am not talking here about acts of terrorism planned… Read more »

The Social Psychology of Parking Fine Payment

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Description: It may not seem like a big deal or much of a surprise to hear that a lot of people do not pay the parking tickets they are given. Why should we care about this? Well in terms of direct self-interest and no matter how you feel about it, tickets are a revenue stream… 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 »

Ignoring Your Inner Yes-Man

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Description: Okay I am not going to provide a detailed introduction to this one. Go to the first article link below, to read the introduction, and then try and figure out the rule behind the number sequence shown. Try a few examples and on the basis of your feedback try and articulate in a simple… Read more »

The Hidden Psychology Behind Sports

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Description: So as we just completed another heavily promoted media rich weekend sports event the form of the American Super Bowl maybe pause and reflect for a moment on the psychology of teams and sports. Think about big professional sports like football or hockey and think about what you’ve been learning about within your psychology… 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 »

Winning Political Arguments? It CAN be done!

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Description: By the time you read this the 2015 Canadian federal election will all be over but the balloting will already be a thing of the past. Perhaps you don’t want to think anymore about getting into political arguments with friends. However, if you’d wish to had any point during the recent protracted campaign that… Read more »

New Films About Classically Unethical Psychology Studies

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Description: The stories behind two of the most well-known and perhaps notorious social psychology experiments remain fascinating as well as topically applicable to the current human situation. Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment and Milgram’s study on the suppose it affects of punishment upon human learning are the basis of two recent documentary style films and both… Read more »