Life and Health Are Collective Endeavors

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Cultural Variation, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Group Processes, Human Development, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology.

Description: I was not intending to post three conceptually focused pieces (another one, a third one) when I sat down at my computer this week. By conceptual, I mean looking at articles that ask us if we are looking at or thinking about some aspect of human psychological functioning properly or whether a different conceptual… Read more »

Looking Beyond Political Affiliation to Predict Engagement With Conspiracy Theories

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Development of the Self, General Psychology, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Maybe you are not interested in having another look at the question of why it might be that some people are more receptive to the conspiracy theories proffered by the QAnon bunch but, despite their seeming aversion to it, science can help us understand them a bit better. So, take a moment and consider… Read more »

Aging and Fake News: A Big Deal?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Attitude Formation Change, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Persuasion, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Who is most susceptible to fake news? Children? Young adults? Middle aged adults? The elderly?  Let’s leave children out of the question for now as their fake news exposures and uptakes are, at least to some extent, their parents’ concern. What about the elderly? ON the one hand they have less access to the… Read more »

The Psychology of Blame

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Attitude Formation Change, General Psychology, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: I do not know if you have been tracking it but my friends and family in and around Ottawa have drawn my attention to the protest/occupation on central Ottawa by the Truckers’ Convoy. The group is comprised of people opposed to the recent vaccination requirements for cross border passage by truckers and demanding an… Read more »

Population Behavior Change via Nudging is Good and Effective, Right? Maybe NOT

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: What is a nudge? Might be a slight poke in the arm used to get someone’s attention or to announce your arrival to a friend who had their back turned to you. But more than a tap, nudges more typically are thought of as things that get people moving in a particular direction. As… Read more »

Social Psychology of Grudges versus Resentments?

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: A lot of the time, when you consider the concepts being discussed, examined and studied in psychological research I suspect that you saying to yourself things like “OK that makes sense” or “I can see how they are looking at that” or perhaps “I might define that a little bit differently.” What I am… Read more »

Psychological Drivers of Misinformation Belief: A Not So New But Critical Topic

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Psychology.

Description: Given our direct and media shared experiences surrounding recent events such as the COVID pandemic, American elections and related capital events, climate change and much else you cannot be unaware of the phenomenon of misinformation and related beliefs. You may be aware of concerns over social media “echo chambers” that become sole sources for… Read more »

Disgust: A VERY Powerful Social Tool

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Child Development, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Psychology.

Description: OK, quick! Think of an example of something that is disgusting. That did not take long, did it? Theorize for a minute about what \makes something disgusting. Add to your theory a component having to do with possible values of disgust, that is, about what possibly positive roles it might play in our lives… Read more »

Schizophrenia: What’s In a Name?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Attitude Formation Change, Clinical Psychology, mental illness, Persuasion, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: You have heard the term stigma before, right? It involves the stubborn attachment of negative assumptions or beliefs to a socially marked situation or circumstance. Stigma also is viewed as the inappropriate, ongoing, application of those negative beliefs or assumption when they really should not be in play. For example, imagine you have met… Read more »

Vaccine Hesitancy 201

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Clinical Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: We are all very tired of talking about and worrying about Covid and its many issues and yet we are also, as I write this, wondering what the Omicron variation is going to do to our ability to cope and manage individually, withing our communities and especially within our medical systems. Any sort of… Read more »