Cultural Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Polyculturalism: Definitions and Research Challenges

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Description: It is a simple fact that we live in a culturally diverse world. It is a further fact that with global access to information and with global human movement (either purposeful or refuge seeking driven) we are locally surrounded by such diversity. Think about cultural variability and then read each of the following words… Read more »

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 »

Court Practices and Psychological Realities: Match or Mismatch?

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Language-Thought, Legal Ethical Issues, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Our law courts are places where rational processes test facts and arguments and where justice is consequently applied in a fair and “just” manner. Does that sound right to you? In the face of that description what role, if any, do emotions play in the judicial process? Before you say “none” think about the… Read more »

Young Male Development and Extreme Behavior: Understanding → Prevention

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Description: Mass shootings are terrifying both in their consequences and in the challenges they pose when trying to figure out why they happened, if they could have been prevented  and what steps may be taken to reduce the likelihood of anything like them happening again. I am not talking here about acts of terrorism planned… Read more »

Facebook and Conformation Bias: A Problematic Combination?

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Description: You may have seen concerns raised in the media about the proliferation of fake or misleading news stories and especially how such stories can gain quite a high degree of traction through social media dissemination. Think about what you know about how Facebook is structured and used and then think about how that might… Read more »

The Relationship Between Age and Scientific Innovation: Exercise Causal Caution

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Human Development, Intelligence, Research Methods, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Have you heard the arguments that have been made about the relationship between age and success across a variety of fields? Based on the young ages of Mozart, Marie Curie, and Einstein when they made some of their most impressive contributions to their areas of endeavor, it has been argued that the sorts of… Read more »

“Nudge” Interventions Can Have BIG Developmental Impacts

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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 »

The Development/Learning of Prejudice: The Trump Effect (and what to do about it)

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Attitude Formation Change, Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Moral Development, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: From our Canadian perspective American presidential elections are often a source of interest, fascination, and sometimes concern. The current election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has raised a surprisingly large number of psychologically relevant points, issues and concerns. An article I posted earlier this year (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/general-psychology/abnormal-psychology/diagnosing-at-a-distance-what-about-donald/) talked about how psychologists are ethically… Read more »

Racism versus Implicit Bias

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Description: Have you heard of implicit bias? While we define racism as an active belief involving negatively prejudging individuals on the basis of race, the concept of implicit bias is more complicated. Our mind is primed to make automatic associations between some concepts very quickly. Doing so in many situations provides an adaptive advantage. So… Read more »

Clowns and the Psychology of “Creepyness”

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Description: How do you feel about clowns? When my brother and I were young there was this toy clown was about a foot and a half tall that we’d somehow acquired from somewhere and which we both decided it was just creepy. In fact, it was so creepy that we took it in hit it… Read more »