Clowns and the Psychology of “Creepyness”

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Group Processes, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health.

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 »

Your Brain on City

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Intergroup Relations, Neuroscience, Psychological Health, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: How do you think living in a city, a large city, as opposed to a small town or in the country impacts your physical and mental health? From a genetic or sociobiological (long-term historical) perspective we are clearly not adapted to living in large urban environments. So what might some of the effects be… Read more »

Selfies and Other Smart Phone Self-Help Opportunities

Posted by & filed under Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: I have posted a couple of links already to articles discussing research looking at different issues related to the taking of Selfies. Rather than being something exotic, it’s clear that the taking of Selfies and the conducting of research involving the taking of Selfies is going to become more common theme in the psychological… Read more »

Do We Effectively Identify and Treat Depression? Think Twice!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Classification Diagnosis, Depression, Health Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Psychological Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: If you had a psychology course containing a section looking at the identification and treatment of depression then you are probably holding some version of the belief that the diagnosis and treatment of depression was a relatively straightforward and consistent matter. With that belief in mind read the article linked below and see if… Read more »

Is More Time or More Money More Important to Your Happiness?

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Think carefully about the answer to this question. If you are given a choice would you rather have more money, or more free time? So perhaps $1000 versus a week off to do whatever you want. Which choice would you make? And which choice, once made, would make you happier? After you’ve answered that… Read more »

Placebo Effects at the Olympics

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Learning, Physiology, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: Have a look at the picture below. The athlete in the picture has a circular mark on his right shoulder. Do you know what that mark is? It’s a result of the sort of reverse massage technique called cupping were suction is applied to the area of the skin and the tissues are pulled… Read more »

How Will Your First Year Go?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Are you a first-year student? If you are answer the following questions (and if you’re not think about how you would’ve answered them when you were a first-year student). Do you feel you belong here at college or university? Do you feel that you’re on equal footing with your fellow first-year students? How do… Read more »

Job Satisfaction and Downstream Mental Health

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Description: If you have a job with which you report a very low level of satisfaction it is likely the case that that job is causing you stress and anxiety. What do you think the long-term effects would be staying in that job for 10 to 20 years? The article linked below talks about a… Read more »

Mind-Body Interconnections: The Adrenal medulla

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You probably heard about the important role that the adrenal medulla plays in our bodies rapid responses to stressful situations, usually referred to as the fight flight response. What you may not be entirely clear on is how that area of the brain gets fired up or more specifically how that part of the… Read more »