Personality Testing: Diversion or Thin Edge of the Big Data Wedge?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intelligence, Legal Ethical Issues, Personality.

Description: How do you feel about personality tests? If your response to this question is some version of “meh” you might want to reconsider. Aside from being a part of all introductory psychology course curricula many people view personality tests as those diversions they encounter in magazines (well, on line these days). However, it is… Read more »

SES and Depression: See the Big Picture

Posted by & filed under Depression, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Perhaps hearing or reading that there is a strong relationship between rates of depression and socio-economic status (SES) would not be a surprise to you. While it may lead you to start to ponder what the connections between poverty and depression might involve it is worth stepping back from that important line of potential… Read more »

Using the Label “At-Risk” With or Without Stigma: An Important Challenge

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues.

Description: You have no doubt heard the term “at-risk” used to refer to groups of individuals (perhaps children from low SES backgrounds or children with parents coping with mental illness. Think about the appropriateness of the general use of that term. What could be problematic about referring to groups or worse to individual students as… Read more »

APA, Gillette, #MeToo, and Toxic Masculinity

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Attitude Formation Change, Child Development, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Have you seen the ad recently produced by the Gillette company?  Their company tag line is “The Best a Man can Get” and in their ad they argue against toxic masculinity and that recent social change movements such as #MeToo have initiated changes in our thinking about masculinity. Gillette’s ad states that things have… Read more »

The Efficacy and Ethics of Zapping Depression

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness, Neuroscience, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Ok here we go…. This sounds like science fiction BUT … what if we could implant electrodes into our brains into specific locations and then, when necessary, such as when were are clinically depressed, we could use the implanted electrodes to stimulate those areas of the brain and by doing so normalize the functioning… Read more »

Suicide Prediction Algorythms: Possible? Ethical? Essential?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Suicides are preventable, but, ….. predicting suicide attempts so that timely assistance and support can be offered is incredibly difficult. Part of the problem, from an epidemiological perspective, is that suicide is a statistically rare event (annually 11 per 100,000 per year in Canada currently) but still, 10 people a day commit suicide in… Read more »

Football (or Hockey) and High School Brains

Posted by & filed under Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Health.

Description: There are concussions in hockey and football. The data on this is getting clearer and clearer. But the question of what this means for those games remains unclear. Can better helmets be made? Can rules against headshots (consistently enforced) reduce the rate and severity of concussion and related head injuries? Research is ongoing. Here… Read more »

Moving Towards Transplant Fixes for Some Forms of Blindness

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Physical Changes In Aging, Physiology.

Description: The prospect of vision loss is scary and while my parents and grandparents would say things like don’t run with scissors or you cannot have a BB gun (for fear of “putting out an eye”) or make sure you have a good light on when you are reading because “those are the only set… Read more »

Diagnosing ‘Trump-like’ Behavior

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, Personality, Personality Disorders, Psychological Disorders, Social Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: These days, and with increasing frequency as the November 6, 2018 American midterm elections approach, when people I meet find out I am a psychologist I am often asked some version of a “… so what is with Trump” question or in other words questions about how for “out there”  is Trump or is,… Read more »