Admitting Uncertainty and Trust are Related: Ask a 4-year-old!

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Families and Peers, Human Development, Learning, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Regardless of what you thought of the events surrounding the so-called Freedom Convoy in Canada’s capital of Ottawa over the past 3 weeks it was very clear that there are quite a few people who do not trust that the government is giving them the right information and advice or doing the right thing… Read more »

Nocebo Effects and Vaccination Reactions: Important Data

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: What does the science say? We have heard or used that question a LOT in these COVID days (years). It is a good question… an important question and one that is much better grounded than questions like; what do I think or what do I wish or what do I want to believe or… 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 »

Critical Thinking: What Can We Learn from Aaron Rodgers?

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Description: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, instead of getting vaccinated against Covid-19 followed an immune system strengthening regime (not entirely proven effective) and, when asked if he was vaccinated said he was immunized but avoided any mention of vaccination. Rodgers claimed be is not a flat-earther or an anti-vaxer but that he IS a… Read more »

Conflicting Statements Regarding the Supply of and Demand for Mental Health Services During Covid

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Depression, Health Psychology, mental illness, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Consider the titles of the two articles listed immediately below in the Sources section of this post. They both appeared on the same day in the same online media source and were illustrated by the same photo (see either article). Before going to look at either article think for a minute about how you… Read more »

Awake and Worrying at 3 or 4 AM? You are not alone and here are things you can do!

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Has this ever happened to you, or is happening to you more frequently recently? You wake up at 3 or 4 am and your mind sort of pounces on you and starts to run through all the things you are or have recently been concerned or worried about. It spins you around and around… Read more »

Teens and Covid: Maybe the Kids are Alright!

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Description: Is statement this true? Teenagers are struggling with a significant increase in mental health issues due to the social impacts of the Covid pandemic. You have heard this more than once or twice, haven’t you? Have you taken a closer look to see if there is actually any data supporting this statement? Think for… Read more »

Smartphone Addition: Should it be in the DSM?

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Description: Do you know anyone (including yourself) who you think might be addicted to their smartphone? They cannot put it down or they cannot bear to be separated from it and they must return home and get it immediately if they forget it. There are some suggestions that smartphone addiction should be considered for addition… Read more »

Psychology of Covid – Long Covid and CBT (the Old ‘Bio is real Psycho is not’ argument)

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Intervention, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Have you heard of Long Covid? It involves a number of symptoms that resemble those seen in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) in which individuals recovered from Covid infections experience long-term shortness of breath, fatigue, and body aches and pains. What causes these symptoms? Are they due to lingering Covid effects?… Read more »

Psychology of Covid: Vaccine Skepticism -Its NOT a Knowledge Issue

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: As the Covid vaccines roll out we general conversation is shifting from when vaccines will be generally available to when will we have enough people vaccinated that we close in on what seems like the almost mythical herd immunity. One of the topics of this more recent line of discussion within the media concerns… Read more »