Zika Virus and the Psychology of Fear and Risk

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Group Processes, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

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

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Moral Development, Social Cognition.

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

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology.

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?

Posted by & filed under Families and Peers, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

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 »

Body Language: Paying Attention from the Top

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Early Social and Emotional development, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Language Development, Language-Thought, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Uncategorized.

Description: What can we learn about how we are being perceived or received by paying attention to the head movements and related gestures of the people we are interacting with? Perhaps more than we are aware of. Source: Psych-Mechanics: Hanan Parvez  (Link below) Date: April 13, 2015 Photo Credit: http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Links http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Study Body Language Website:… Read more »

Working Through Depression?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, The Self, Uncategorized.

Description: Despite the media putting heavy emphasis on the depression of the Germanwings pilot who is believed to have crashed his plane on purpose just what are the work implications of depressi0on? Can people work through or with depression? This article and audio file link (on the article webpage) discusses these issues. Source: National Public… Read more »

Early Roots of Empathy

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Development of the Self, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Social Cognition, The Self, Uncategorized.

Description: Figuring out how other people are feeling, especially when they are experiencing different emotions than we are is quite a challenge. When can preschoolers do this? Do they have to figure it out using some sort of cognitive emotional analysis or might they start by more simply empathically resonating with another’s emotional state? Source:… Read more »

Magic of Science or the Science of Magic

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Description: Is Magic actually magic? Well, Hogwarts aside, while what is presented as magic typically involves fancy hand-work and misdirection another big part of “magic” involves “reading” people. Some performers suggest that can actually see into peoples’ minds and read what is there. Jay Alexander seems to have this level of skill but he is… Read more »

Good Soldier or Good Actor? Can Supervisors spot the brown-nosers?

Posted by & filed under Group Processes, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Uncategorized.

Description: Can supervisors tell the difference between workers who are actually trying to help the company or team enterprise and which ones are just sucking up to gain favour and proportion? This study examined that question directly to see if supervisors could tell the difference between good soldiers (selflessly deserving of rewards) or good actors… Read more »