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 »

Human Emotions: What is Universal and What is Not?

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Description: If you have taken an introductory Psychology course you have certainly seen some version of the picture below showing facial expressions of emotion and you likely saw the picture in the context of a part of a lecture on the universality (across cultures) of basic human emotions such as those showing on the faces… Read more »

Problems With Listening and Empathy: Psychology needs Philosophical Friends

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Description: Empathy is a very challenging concept for Psychology and being empathic is a very challenging thing for many people to figure out how to do. Empathy is challenging Western Psychology because Western Psychology focusses best and most intently on individuals and on their self-understandings and self-management practices. This means that when Psychology trys to… Read more »

Are You Still You Over Time?

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Description: Are you the same person today as you were yesterday? Lest week? Last year? 10 years ago? What do you think you will be like in 20 years? 40 years? In a less subjective framing, how stable do you think personality is over time and over life? Do some people change while other do… Read more »

False Beliefs, Fake News and Social Influence: Critical Understanding

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology.

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 »

Important Distracted Driving Self-Check

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Description: There has been a lot of research and debate lately about the developmental impact of social media and smartphones. That debate IS important, but it is worth revisiting an issue that, while not that old, is not a particularly salient part of our conversations about development and particularly about risk management. Most jurisdictions have… Read more »

Fascinated With The Dark Side? Consider the Light Side!

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Description: At least intellectually, we tend to be drawn towards the dark side. Why this may be is perhaps due to a belief that understanding the darker personality profiles that people around us may be operating under better equips us to notice and to protect ourselves from being taken advantage of. Within personality theory and… 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 »

Stressed and Lonely? Search and Explore Equanimity!

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Description: Try and design a study that would not just look at but actually make a difference in people’s lives using the following finding from other research studies: Social isolation and loneliness is harmful to you not just in terms of your social wellbeing but also in terms of your physical health AND your longevity…. Read more »