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

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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

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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 »

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

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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 »

A Soon Post-COVID (Small, Thin) Silver Lining?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success, The Self.

Description: OK, I realize deeply and fully that we are most definitely NOT even close to being ready to consider even the thinnest of possible silver linings to the COVID debacle. So, just put that aside for now (I will hint at it very cautiously at the end of the second section below) and let’s… Read more »

Are Other People Hell or the Key to Happiness?

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Description: Perhaps without realizing who it belonged to, you have likely hear Jen Paul Sartre’s line from the play he wrote in 1944 that goes “Hell is other people”. Without diving into his existential philosophy, you can see some applicability of this line to the world we are currently living in today (particularly in terms… Read more »

Vaccine Hesitancy 201

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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 »

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 »