Criminal Brains: Opportunties and ethical pitfalls of looking beyond minds

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Personality, Personality Disorders, Psychological Health.

Description: Have you ever watched an episode of the TV show Criminal Minds which fictionally focusses on the activities of an FBI behavioral analysis unit that hunts psychopaths? In the show there are many discussions of the sorts of developmental histories that amplify some psychopathic behavioral tendencies and of the sorts of things that can… Read more »

Can you undo ‘fake news’ when its in your head?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, General Psychology, Intelligence, Intelligence-Schooling, Language-Thought, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Ah politicians are a never-ending source of possible research topics! Assuming you have not been successful in selectively ignoring any political news from south of our border (and if you have please tell us how, as long as it does not involve a lobotomy or copious amounts of alcohol!) then you have heard about… Read more »

Scaring Babies for Science: But Ethically This Time

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Intervention.

Description: If you have had an introductory psychology course you have likely learned something about phobias. Phobia’s are usually described as irrational fears. Learning theorists (John Watson foremost among them) argued that phobias are learned when a situation or object or animal is associated with a fear inducing stimulus such as an unexpected loud sound…. Read more »

A key to health, recovery, and combatting depression? Let the Sun Shine In!

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Physical Illness, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: In Egypt, rates of clinical depression are highest in December and rates of mania are highest in June. Why might that be? ….“Sunlight on my shoulders makes me happy” to quote John Denver. A signature line in a kitschy song but is there some truth to it from a clinical perspective? What do you… Read more »

Eurocentric Bias in Psychology: Remembering Joseph White

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, General Psychology, Intelligence, Intelligence-Schooling, Legal Ethical Issues, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: You may not have known of Joseph White, a psychologist who died recently, but you should know about what he spent his life trying to do. White spent much of his career and life pointing out that the core theories within the discipline of psychology were blindly eurocentric. By this he meant that the… Read more »

Who or What is Telling What to Who? Dream Interpretation Today

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Human Development, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: If you have taken an introductory psychology course you have likely heard a bit about Freud’s psychodynamic theory and about his views on the subject of dreams and the manifest (surface) and latent (deep, symbolic) content he argued that they hold. The idea that dreams are “the royal road to the unconscious” (Freud), in… Read more »

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 »

What if We Could Turn Executive Function On and Off?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Assessment: Intellectual Cognitive Measures, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Executive function or the process by which parts of your brain essentially tell other parts of your brain what to do, is a topic of intense interest as executive functioning, or [problems in executive functioning, may be related to a very broad range of issues from ADHD, to anxiety to OCD to name a… Read more »

Nobel Prizes, Nudges, and Ethics: A LOT to think about

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Consciousness, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Language-Thought, Legal Ethical Issues.

Description: An economist named Richard Thaler just won the Nobel prize in Economics for his work in an area called Behavioral Economics. What is behavioral economics? Well it is the study of how human beings make decisions. Sound like Psychology, well yes it does because it really is. I am not getting Psychologically petty and… 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 »