Deep Conversations with Strangers?

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Description: I suspect you recall being told as a child not to talk to strangers. Good advice. But what about today, as an adult? When you find yourself in a situation (perhaps waiting in a line or for an event to start) where you are talking with a stranger what sorts of things do you… Read more »

Campfires Are in Your Genes

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Cultural Variation, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Neuroscience, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: What does sitting around a campfire with friends do for you? Yes, it can keep you warm, it can give you something to do after dark when camping with minimal artificial light, it can give you a chance to exchange scary stories but what can it also do for your physical and possibly mental… Read more »

Transformative Travel and Developmental Opportunities

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Description: Remember traveling? Or being able to travel? If you are contemplating or perhaps (lucky you) planning to travel (other than for personal business or business business) think about what you are thinking or hoping you will get from your experience of the trip. Assuming you are not going to just go to an all-inclusive… Read more »

How Might You Measure a Connectedness to Nature?

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Without getting into the issues, principles and challenges associated with climate change and global warming, just simply think about how you would answer these questions: “Are you connected to Nature?” “How might we conceptualize a connection to Nature?” “How might we measure a connection to Nature?” Perhaps you see Nature as simply defined as… Read more »

No Bystander Intervention? Think Again!

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Do people who witness acts of aggression or violence against other in their town or cities typically intervene to stop or diffuse the situation? When attacks against Indigenous, Asian, or other identifiable member of minority groups occur as they have recently, how likely is it that you, when hearing of the incidents, wondered why… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19: How to Wait in Lines

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Description: How good are you at waiting in line? Would your answer be different if you were thinking of waiting in line to pay for your groceries as compared to waiting in what, these days, passes for an ill-defined virtual line that will determine when you get your vaccination for Covid-19? Culturally, the British are… Read more »

Psychology of Covid: The Vaccine Dilemma Game

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Group Processes, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Social psychology often involves examining the social give and take between individuals and at some of the ways that individuals may bias their perceptions or out and out act in their own interest at the expense of other’s outcomes. This work includes things like the Just World Hypothesis (e.g., maybe people who flaunt social… Read more »

Psychological Entitlement and Covid-19 Restriction Compliance

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Description: What sorts of people resist Covid-19 related health guidelines such as mask wearing, the use of hand sanitizer when entering public spaces and limits of social gatherings? Ok, Ok, I suspect you may have a few choice words to use in your response to that question but hang on a moment. Understanding more about… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19: COVID Messaging – Time for Behavioral Science

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Description: As we isolate and socially distance (more or less) out way into the holiday season it is a good time to think about others. Yes, that might involve giving something to your local food bank (good idea!), but what about the sort of “thinking of others” that is behind the pleas from health officials… Read more »

The Psychological Science of Gift Giving

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Description: Ok so, no pressure, but as we struggle into winter with coronavirus spikes and flares popping up and the prospect of more restrictions, closures, and lockdowns looming, we are also approaching the holiday, gifting season. Yes, I know, we do NOT need any more stress, do we? But, think of it this way, we… Read more »