Video Games, Social Media and Mental Health: Research Debates on Screen Time Continue

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: The debates and the research focused upon the impacts of video gaming and social media use on developing children and youth are heated and ongoing. The primary difficulty in sorting out the effects of video gaming and social media use is tied up in the comprehensive nature of their uptake in the population. As… Read more »

Happy Without a Valentine

Posted by & filed under Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, General Psychology, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Sexual Disorders Gender Dysphoria, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: Remember how sad Charlie Brown was when he did not get a single Valentine? The social norms of romantic love are burning brightly at the center of all that is involved in Valentine’s Day. Today (well tomorrow actually) having a Valentine is more difficult unless they are already holed up with you in whatever… Read more »

This is Your Brain on Lonely

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Neuroscience, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Being lonely is not an enjoyable experience and in many ways that I suspect you are aware of or could guess at, it is not good for you either. But how does prolonged loneliness effect your brain and why might it be useful and important to know how loneliness impacts people’s brains? Think about… Read more »

Emerging Adults and Parents’ Levels of Psychological Control

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: There has been quite a bit of speculation about what is “wrong” with emerging adults (18- to 29-year-olds) these days. This typically occurs as part of reflections upon the significant rise (jump) in levels of anxiety among undergraduate student in general and first year students in particular. Putting aside non-useful hypotheses such as that… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19: Loneliness Epidemic

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Depression, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Disorders, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: How long could you live without air? How long without food? How long without companionship (social contact with someone you know)? Minutes, days, months? As we head in to what may be the worst weeks of Covid-19 impacts and lockdowns that stand between us and vaccine driven relief (and winter here in the Northern… Read more »

A Gift Giving Pop Quiz!

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Description: Ok, at the risk of incurring your anger for not having passed these secrets along sooner (it is Christmas Eve as I write this), did you know that there is Psychological research into what makes something a good or at least better present and the differences between what gift givers think is the answer… Read more »

The Psychological Science of Gift Giving

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology.

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 »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Wellbeing of Introverts and Extroverts

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Description: I am sure you know quite a bit about personality. Based on what you know, what would you predict about the relative wellbeing of people who we might describe as extroverts and introverts in relation to their experiences with the current and recent states of their social worlds as a result of the circumstances… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19 – Effects of Social Isolation

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: I have posted previously about the non-obvious ways in which the social isolation imposed upon us by the Coronavirus pandemic have added to our levels of stress and anxiety. However, my focus in those posts was on the atypical or unnatural nature of alternative forms of social engagement such as video conferencing using Zoom…. Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: When We Did Not Know We Had the Rugs That Were Yanked

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, mental illness, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: I am sure you have heard the phrase “having the rug pulled out from under you,” before. Interpreted literally, it obviously means having the very thing you are standing on violently shifted from under you, typically with catastrophic results. The “magic” act of whipping a table clothe out from under a fully set table… Read more »