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 »

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

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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 »

Collective Trauma: Expanding Beyond Individual Psychology

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Consciousness, Depression, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Social Influence, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: If you glance at the title of the article that is linked below you may think that the article is yet another look at the impact of Donald Trump’s victory on the mental health of Americans. That is partly true, but the article linked below goes further and draws to our attention the importance… Read more »

“Nudge” Interventions Can Have BIG Developmental Impacts

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Psychological Health, Social Influence, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Student Success.

Description: How did your math courses go in high school? Was that level of performance about the same as you did in elementary school or did your performance levels change from elementary school to high school (especially as the math became more complicated)? It is quite common for students to feel like they hit a… Read more »

Trump Supporters and Mob Psychology

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Description: Once again the American presidential race has given rise to some interesting examples of psychology in action. Fairly recently, supporters at some of Donald Trump’s rallies have resorted to violence in response to the appearance of anti-Trumpprotesters. While it’s hard to know where to stop or start psychology does have something to say about… Read more »