Cultural Differences in Number of Life Choices: Enough or Too Many?

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Description: How much choice do we have in our day-to-day lives? What turns out the answer that question may vary dramatically by culture. Think about what you would expect in the way results in the following experiment. 100 North American in 100 Japanese high school students are asked to take a piece of paper 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 »

Might Winning Lead to Cheating?

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Description: Consider this question. Who is more likely to cheat, someone who just won the competition for someone who just lost? From a social psychological perspective why do you think things will work out this way? After you’ve answered these questions read the article linked below and then think some more about this question. Source:… Read more »

Zika Virus and the Psychology of Fear and Risk

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Description: So now, based on the previous post, you have heard of the Zika virus. While we are safe from this virus in Canada as the mosquitoes which bear it cannot survive here seems to be creeping into the United States where the climate is warmer. From a social psychological, rather than a developmental, perspective… Read more »

Cultural Variation in Children’s Notions of Fairness

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Description: From their earliest social interactions children are quick to indicate whether they think their interactions are fair or not. The developmental question of when the children start to use the term fair in a mature manner has been studied a lot. However, to think the findings of such studies might very by culture? That’s… Read more »

Apologies Restore Social Relations but not Feelings in Children

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Description: You accidentally bump into a stranger as you walk down the street and what do you do? You apologize, in fact you both might apologize. Social psychology researchers tell us adults do this not so much to repair feelings as to ensure ongoing general positive social harmony. What would your prediction be about how… Read more »

Does Trust Impact Social Reward Levels?

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Description: Are our decisions in situations with positive or negative financial outcomes governed solely by the pluses and minuses of gain and loss or are there other factors such as the nature of our relationship with the people with whom we are buying selling or trading that are important influences on our decision-making strategies? Source:… Read more »