Towards More Effective Management of Eyewitness Testimony

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Memory, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology.

Description: Consider the best (fairest and most accurate) way to gather information from eyewitnesses. Specifically, think about the standard police procedure of using line-ups in which, usually, 6 individuals are lined up on the other side of a one way window or 6 photos are gathered together and possible witnesses to a crime are asked… Read more »

When or How Might Mis-remembering be Good?

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Memory, Sensation-Perception.

Description: Imagine you are chatting with one of your grandparents about a trip you took with them last summer and you are reminiscing about a stop you made at a bakery, and they are saying they still remember the taste of the peanut butter cookie they had while you were there. In thinking about that… Read more »

Is Child Happiness an Important Parenting Goal?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Families and Peers, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: What is up with kids these days? Ok, I know, an old question asked over and over generation by generation. But what about parents? Quick, without asking any other adults what they think answer these questions? What is the main goal of parenting these days? Is part of it that parents should be working… Read more »

Mushrooms in Palliative Care?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Clinical Neuropsychology, Death and Dying, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples.

Description: Consider these two questions for a moment. 1. Who uses cannabis, psilocybin, or LSD? and 2. Who should (under a doctor’s supervision) use cannabis, psilocybin, or LSD? Unless your answer to the second question is “Anyone who wants to” the number of people, if any, that you have in your second list will likely… Read more »

How are Tool Use and Speech Processing Related?

Posted by & filed under Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Language Development, Language-Thought, Learning, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience.

Description: Ok here is a question. What do tool use and spoken language syntax have in common? No idea? I do not blame you. What if I provided you with a hint (a bit of data) suggesting that the two are correlated AND that training in one of them (tool use OR processing complex spoken… Read more »

Weight Issues are Due to Carbs? Fat? Your Brain!

Posted by & filed under Eating Disorders, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Personality, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: There have been millions of words written, spoken, and even yelled, about how to lose weight, about how many, many of us in North American MUST lose weight and about how failure of weight loss efforts, or failure to sustain weight loss, likely reflects a lack of will power on the part of the… Read more »

The Concept of Adult Attachment Has Legs!

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, General Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Motivation-Emotion, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: The self-help book literature and on-line jungle is HUGE. The supply of and demand for “how to live better” advice seem insatiable, but you will not be at all surprised to hear that a lot of it does not actually work very well. You can find out about some of this by reading what… 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 »

The Scream We Need Now and Then

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Does this sound like an emotionally balanced movie plotline? A cute beagle puppy is killed in a home invasion robbery, but that event leads to the vengeful killing of a large number of Russian mobsters. You may recognize this as the plot of the first John Wick movie which may or may not been… Read more »

Reducing Racism Via Exposure: A Population Level, 70 Year Study

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Persuasion, Research Methods, Social Psychology.

Description: What might we do to reduce the level of racially based discrimination within a population? You have likely heard of some version of the Exposure hypothesis. It suggests that prejudice might be reduced through exposure to diverse individuals preferably in situations where they work together towards a common goal. Research involving relatively small numbers… Read more »