Vaping and Smoking: What should we think, what should we do?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Physical Illness, Prevention, Social Influence, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: I was at a hockey game the other day and watched the usual video announcement asking fans to refrain from foul language, fighting, drunken behavior or smoking including the use of e-cigarettes. I have occasionally wondered about the equating of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in sporting venues or elsewhere in public places. After all, the… Read more »

“Further Research” and the Growth Mindset: Applying Psychological Research

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Student Success.

Description: I have written about Carol Dweck’s research on the “growth mindset’ before. Dweck’s research indicates that when students encounter difficult material (like say in Math) the attributions they make when their performance is not good on exams etc. makes a difference in their future performance. Performing poorly and deciding this reflects one’s basic lack… Read more »

How Biological and Neuro-chemically Driven are Addictions to Heroin and other Opioids? Welcome to Rat Park!

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Social Influence, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: What do you think you know about the addictive nature of opioid drugs like heroin or morphine? Have you heard that they can be addictive on first use? Have you heard that they work on the brain chemistry of all users to create a need for the drug or a dependency that is purely… Read more »

What are Echophenomena? (Think Yawning!)

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders, Social Influence, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: So what are echophenomena? Well if you don’t know, think about yawning. Have you noticed how it seems that when one person yawns the people around them will also yawn? Now it may be that they are ALL sleep deprived, bored, too warm etc. etc…. but, in fact it may simply be that yawns… Read more »

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

Posted by & filed under Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

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 »

Social Impact of Facebook: Some of it is Quite Positive!

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Death and Dying, Families and Peers, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Perhaps you have heard about concerns about ways in which Facebook and other social media sites can potentially contribute to social isolation (as they do not involve “real social face-to-face connections”). While there IS research supporting this concern can you think of situations and ways in which Facebook could, in fact, have exactly the… Read more »

Music To Sell Fries By?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Language-Thought, Neuroscience, Social Influence.

Description: OK, this sounds like a weird question perhaps but what music would you predict would be most likely to get you to say “YES” to the question “would you like fries with that?” The picture below (if you recognize ED) gives the answer away but the more important questions are why does this work… Read more »

Rorschach Redux

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Personality Disorders, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: A little while back I posted on an article that was looking at new ways to use the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test. In that post and in the accompanying article the discussion was somewhat skeptical about whether or not the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test has any valid place in current clinical, psychiatric or forensic practice. I… Read more »

Bystander Effects in the Age of Social Media

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Moral Development, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: If you have taken an introductory psychology course that included a section on social psychology you have likely heard about the Kitty Genovese case. It occurred in 1964 when Ms. Genovese was stabbed to death by an attacker in the Queens borough of New York in the very early morning hours. Accounts of the… Read more »

Neuroethics and Moral Bioenhancement: Remember what the door-mouse said… Feed your head.

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, Group Processes, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Social Influence, Social Psychology.

Description: One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the one that mother gave you doesn’t do anything at all. …… feed your head….. These (like the latter bit of the title of this post) are lyrics from a 1967 song called ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane. They reflect the huge… Read more »