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 »

Holiday Loneliness

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Of course the holiday period in late December is supposed to be a time away from work and engaged in other activities such as spending time with loved ones, friends and family. This does NOT mean that it is a time to be away from Psychology (in fact maybe just the opposite)! It can,… Read more »

Introverts and the Holiday Season: Who Has Work to Do?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Psychology, Cultural Variation, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Of course the holiday period in late December is supposed to be a time away from work and engaged in other activities such as spending time with loved ones, friends and family. This does NOT mean that it is a time to be away from Psychology (in fact maybe just the opposite)! It can,… Read more »

What Are and Are Not Causes of Obesity?

Posted by & filed under Families and Peers, General Psychology, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Nutrition Weight Management, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: Consider this general statistic: in the years between 1975 and 2016 the rate of obesity globally has almost doubled. Why might this be? Without doing any online digging, just think about what you have heard and about what you know about factors that contribute to obesity and about how these factors have increased, multiplied,… Read more »

Would Addiction be More Treatable if it Was Not a Crime?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Persuasion, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: Think about how you would answer this question. Why do we arrest people found in possession of personal use amounts of addictive drugs and often send them to jail? Is it because we think that the threat of arrest will be a deterrent to becoming addicted? How is that working out for us? What… 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 »

Protests that Produce Real Change

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Description: In thinking about recent events and the Black Lives Matter movement, if you had to come up with a small number, how many different kinds of protests would you say there have been in North America focusing issues relating to the BLM movement? If you said 2 (non-violent and violent) then you have likely… Read more »

Psychology of Racism, Bias, and Discrimination: Microaggressions and Racial Bias

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Cultural Variation, General Psychology, Human Development, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: Recent events have intensified attention to issues of racial inequity and racism. In addition to helping people to understand the foundations of how racism is established and carried forward, Psychology can help people see and understand the many ways in which bias and racist assumptions can enter and shape day-to-day social interactions. Have you… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Impacts on SES and Children

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Research Methods, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: How does Covid-19 effect children? Wait! Before you answer, set aside the fact that children are less likely to experience serious negative symptoms should they contract the Covid-19 virus. Think of children at the population level (as a group or groups). Now, how does or might the Covid-19 pandemic as a while effect children?… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: What is the Deal with Masks?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Intergroup Relations, Language-Thought, Learning, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Even if you have not seen the media coverage of how mask use is breaking out along political lines in the United States you have very likely had your own experience of being hesitant about wearing a mask when going to the grocery store or if you did wear one feeling a bit weird… Read more »