Does Empathy have a Dark Side?

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Language-Thought, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods.

Description: Empathy is always good, right? Everyone would be a better person and make better, more moral, decisions if they more actively engaged with others in an empathetic manner, right? Well, that may largely be true but can you think of situations where that might not be true or where, in fact the exact opposite… Read more »

Neuroethics and Moral Bioenhancement: Remember what the door-mouse said… Feed your head.

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, Group Processes, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Social Influence, Social Psychology.

Description: One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the one that mother gave you doesn’t do anything at all. …… feed your head….. These (like the latter bit of the title of this post) are lyrics from a 1967 song called ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane. They reflect the huge… Read more »

Supplements? Drugs? Neutraceuticals? Research and/or Regulation Needed?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Student Success.

Description: Whey powder, creatine, phytoberry; what do they have in common? They are all supplements, more specifically nutritional supplements that are sold far and wide as nutrition additives that are touted to improve health and vitality or build muscle, bones or cells. They are largely unregulated and there are hugely varying claims as their scientific… Read more »

Does Brain-Training Work? A Meta-Analysis Says Only Specifically

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Memory, Research Methods, Research Methods in ADA, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You have no doubt noticed some of the many claims in the media about the possibility that playing brain-training games can improve your general cognitive functioning. Many of these claims include statements to the effect that research has proven that their game or games do in fact have a positive influence on people’s cognitive… 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 »

Diagnosing at a Distance: What About Donald?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Classification Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders.

Description: Here is a question: Is Donald Trump crazy? Before you answer the question think about it a little bit. Is this an appropriate question to ask? More pointedly, what should psychologists or psychiatrists think about from an ethical point of view before engaging in any sort of efforts to diagnose public figures like Donald… Read more »

Drugs, Behavioral Treatment and ADHD in Young Children: Either, Or, And

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues.

Description: Okay, quick, a good friend of yours says that their young child has been diagnosed with symptoms of ADHD. They ask you what you think they should do. Should they go to physician to see about medication for their child or should they try and find someone who can talk some about behavioural approaches… Read more »

Confidentiality: When Therapists Write Books

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Description: If a psychotherapist is going to write a book and in that book they’re going to use some of their interactions with their actual clients to illustrate the points they’re making in the book what ethical requirements should they meet? It’s obvious that anonymity is important. If you were a lawyer advising a psychologist… Read more »

Predicting Potential Terrorists: Option or Ethical Pit?

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Human Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Social Psychology.

Description: Can Psychology figure out how to predict who will and who will not become a terrorist? Do you think we could do this in Psychology? What would we look at in the way of predictors? What sorts of ethical considerations might arise? Source: Who Will Become a Terrorist? Research Yields Few Clues, Matt Apuzzo,… Read more »

Drugs versus Talking: The Devil is in the Dichotomies

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: You have undoubtedly had some thoughts about and perhaps even some classroom discussion around the question of whether drugs are therapy (talking) are the best choice for treating mental illness. In a way that’s reminiscent of the classical debate about whether it makes more sense to focus on people’s brains or on their minds… Read more »