Sentience, Ethics, and Octopuses: Recent Thoughts

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Intelligence, Language-Thought, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Social Psychology.

Description: What does sentient mean? Its dictionary definition typical says something like responsive to and conscious of sense impressions; aware; conscious. We (us humans) are sentient, though there was a time when we believe that infant humans were not (we DO think they ARE sentient now). A huge part of how we manage or are… Read more »

MRI’s and Replication in Psychological Research

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Description: What does the brain of someone diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder look like? How about the brain of someone recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? How about the brain of a depressed person … a happy person … an introvert … a risk-taker ….? The list could go on and on. For a number of years… Read more »

Forest Bathing: Follow the Data or the Money?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Research Methods.

Description: I am willing to bet that you have already heard something about the practice of if not the term being used for forest bathing. No, it does not involve getting wet in the woods (unless perhaps it is raining). The term comes out of Japan (shinrin yoku = forest bathing) where the practice of… Read more »

Predicting Personality from Twitter Posts? Hmmm…

Posted by & filed under Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Personality, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: How accurately do you think you could predict peoples’ Big Fiver personality profiles by reviewing their twitter posts? Really, pick a percentage! Are peoples’ Twitter personalities different than those they show in face-to-face interactions? Now, with your number picked (assuming it was not a zero), think about what you would look for in your… Read more »

Human Basics: The Silent Treatment

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, mental illness, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods in ChD, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Have you ever had another person give you the silent treatment as in ignore you and not respond to or interact with you even when you were in the same room as them? Oh, and I should add, if this HAS happened to you was the person giving you the silent treatment over 5… Read more »

Replication Superstars in Social Psychology

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Description: If you have taken a psychology course or two (or if you just read widely in the science media) you have likely heard about something called the replication crisis in social psychology. Because every study done involves less that everyone (i.e., a sample not the whole population) there is always a chance that any… Read more »

Risk-Taking While Sleeping

Posted by & filed under Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception.

Description: Imagine that you were tasked, perhaps by a large insurance company you were working for, with coming up with a way of measuring individual risk -taking propensity. Some companies are doing a version of this already by rewarding drivers who do not have any accident claims with lower rates. Some companies are also looing… Read more »

Is Microdosing (With Hallucinogens) Effective or is it a Placebo Effect?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Here is a “design a study” challenge. You may have run across discussions of recent research looking at the therapeutic use of drugs that are or were considered recreational and illegal, e.g., LSD, Ecstasy, or Psilocybin (magic mushrooms). What you may not have run across yet are discussion of more recent research looking at… Read more »

How Trustworthy are Personality Tests? Or is That the Right Question?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, General Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intelligence, Personality, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Want to find out about yourself? You can take a personality test. But before you do, consider whether you will be able to trust the results. Are the accurate? Stable? Predictive of how you will behave in future? How would you go about answering those questions? Well, you could just throw caution to the… Read more »