Winning Political Arguments? It CAN be done!

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Description: By the time you read this the 2015 Canadian federal election will all be over but the balloting will already be a thing of the past. Perhaps you don’t want to think anymore about getting into political arguments with friends. However, if you’d wish to had any point during the recent protracted campaign that… Read more »

New Films About Classically Unethical Psychology Studies

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Description: The stories behind two of the most well-known and perhaps notorious social psychology experiments remain fascinating as well as topically applicable to the current human situation. Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment and Milgram’s study on the suppose it affects of punishment upon human learning are the basis of two recent documentary style films and both… 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 »

Direct and Empathic Reactions to Natural Disaster: The Nepalese Earthquake

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Clinical Health Psychology, Group Processes, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stress: Coping Reducing, Uncategorized.

Description: Natural disasters such as the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal recently are devastating; producing pain, hardship and a great deal of stress. This is, of course, most true for Nepalese people at home or abroad, worrying about friends and relatives but also for others hearing about, seeing the effects of, thinking about and empathically resonating… Read more »

Poverty, Parental Education and Brain Development

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Description: Does growing up in poverty have implications for developmental outcomes, yes it does. Why might that be? Well one possibility is that growing up in poverty has a negative impact upon the developmental growth of children’s brains. Sources: Huffington Post: Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development Date: March 30, 2015… 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?

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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 »

Shopping When Hungry (BUT not for food!)

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Description: Food shopping when hungry leads to more food buying (no surprise there) but doing ANY type of shopping when hungry may well lead to more buying. Source: Health Day (US news) Date: February 20, 2015 photo from the Us New Article Online Links:     Article Link – http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/02/20/hungry-in-the-department-store-your-spending-may-rise I suspect you have heard that… Read more »

Internet Addiction and Treatment: A film focused on Chinese Teenagers Mental Growth Center

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Source: YouTube and others, see links below Date: November 24, 2014 Links:     Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqctG3NnDa0 Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/opinion/chinas-web-junkies.html?_r=0 Review Blog from Sundance Festival: http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/sundance-review-web-junkie-explores-internet-addiction-in-china IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2064745/ The video clip linked here and the larger documentary film from which it was taken shows the approach to treatment of Internet Addiction among teenagers taken within China. China… Read more »