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Lectures: Bloom. What Compassion, Racism, and Sex tell us about Human Nature. PAUL BLOOM, Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University Lesson Overview Give Paul Bloom one hour, and he'll teach you "the psychology of everything. " Through the case studies of compassion, racism, and sex, Dr. Additional topics addressed in the lecture include: "What do studies suggest is the number one characteristic that males and females look for in a mate? " What makes psychology such an exciting course of study, says Dr. Discussion Questions (1.

. ) (2. . ) (3.) Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals. The Emerging Mind: How relationships and the embodied brain shape who we are. 6 studies of money and the mind. Paul Piff shares some of his research on the science of greed at TEDxMarin. How does being rich affect the way we behave? In today’s talk, social psychologist Paul Piff provides a convincing case for the answer: not well. Paul Piff: Does money make you mean? “As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases,” he says in his talk from TEDxMarin.

The swath of evidence Piff has accumulated isn’t meant to incriminate wealthy people. The good news: it doesn’t take all that much to counteract the psychological effects of wealth. To hear more of Piff’s thoughts on the effects of having—or lacking—wealth, watch his compelling talk. Finding #1: We rationalize advantage by convincing ourselves we deserve it The study: In a UC Berkeley study, Piff had more than 100 pairs of strangers play Monopoly. Finding #4: Rich people are more likely to ignore pedestrians. Social physics. Since 2001, the Human Dynamics Laboratory at the MIT Media Lab has used digital technologies — from home-brewed portable sensors to cellphone call records — to try to get a quantitative handle on the nature and the consequences of different types of human social interactions.

The group’s focus has ranged from the very small, such as speed-dating sessions, to the very large, such as entire cities. In a new book, “Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons from a New Science,” Alex “Sandy” Pentland, the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and the director of the Human Dynamics Laboratory, draws all that research together into a new theory of human social interaction, which he then applies to questions of organizational management, urban planning, and digital privacy. Pentland’s title appropriates the term that Auguste Comte, generally regarded as the father of sociology, initially applied to his own discipline. Being there Scaling up. Social Studies. For humans, the very idea of communication is bound up with the idea of language. But for hundreds of thousands of years before language emerged, we communicated the same way other social species do: through a complex system of nonverbal signals.

We ignore those ancient signals at our peril, says Alex “Sandy” Pentland, PhD ‘82, the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences. Nonverbal cues can make unreasonable arguments strangely persuasive, but if properly recognized and harnessed, they can make group discussions much more productive. Pentland’s research group, the Human Dynamics Lab, tends to court contradictions. Pentland’s MIT doctorate is in psychology, but after graduation, he immediately began applying psychological insight to artificial-intelligence research. Pentland’s early work also landed him on the boards of several startup companies, and it was there that he began to recognize the surprising power of primal signaling.

Forget big change, start with a tiny habit: BJ Fogg at TEDxFremont. Your Casual Acquaintances on Twitter Are Better Than Your Close Friends on Facebook | Wired Opinion. Photo: Alex Washburn / WIRED Excerpt adapted from Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, copyright (c) Clive Thompson, 2013. Reprinted by arrangement with The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. After my second child was born and our family had outgrown our apartment, we decided to try to buy a house in Brooklyn, New York. We’d been at it for many months, not finding anything that worked. She was aware of their status only on Facebook, in that sort of jumbly, promiscuous oh-hi-there-let’s-stay-in-touch way.

But then something fortunate happened. Anne happened to glance at the subway comment and asked, in the thread, “What are you doing in that neighborhood?” This entire stroke of luck hinged upon what sociologists call a weak tie. Jobs that people heard about via personal contacts were best of all. In a world of status updates, tangential, seemingly minor ties become part of your social fabric. Victor Ricciardi. Victor Ricciardi posts interesting items (news stories, blogs, research) about behavioral finance on Twitter at: Victor Ricciardi BBA, MBA, APC is an Assistant Professor of Financial Management at Goucher College.

He teaches courses at the undergraduate level: Personal financial planning, corporate finance, investments, behavioral finance, and the psychology of money. He is a former Assistant Professor of Finance (2005 to 2008) at Kentucky State University. Ricciardi had two chapters published in the Handbook of Finance in August 2008. He is a former doctoral candidate in Finance (ABD Status) at Golden Gate University and his dissertation topic focuses on behavioral finance, perceived risk, and common stock investments. Ricciardi is the Coordinator of Behavioral & Experimental Research for the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at www.ssrn.com and reports directly to Dr. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: UPDATED. Neuroscientists Confirm That Our Loved Ones Become Ourselves. The Innovation of Loneliness.

Terese Weinstein Katz, PhD - The Self-Compassion Diet: Gentleness, Not Self-Flagellation. How we beat ourselves up for that brownie or pizza slice! Once we’ve lost control or overdone it, forget about self-care and serenity. But research keeps confirming some ancient wisdom when it comes to eating better. Gentleness, being kind to oneself, paves a better path to success than self-flagellation. One study asked dieters to go easy on themselves in the face of eating preferred candy. Eaters first rated as “highly restrictive” ate less after hearing a self-compassion message than those who did not. While those of us interested in mindfulness and eating behavior may have found this work striking, it didn’t venture far beyond the mindfulness literature.

How could we have gotten this so wrong? Consider what might really be happening, though. Also, those negative thoughts and feelings do clutter the mind. Dr. . , notes that self-compassion increases motivation, contrary to the idea that we’ll whip ourselves into shape with self-criticism. Open Universities Australia - Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) The Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) gives students the opportunity of studying a Major in Psychology.

The psychology major provides comprehensive study in: Developmental psychology Cognition Social psychology Personality Design and measurement Psychological measurement Abnormal psychology Students may also complete an additional Advanced Psychology Minor, which offers students an additional breadth of study in the psychology of human behaviour. Psychology graduates are highly sought after in a range of human services positions.

These include employment in: Community and mental health Human resource management Policy development Research Welfare Journalism Marketing and advertising Whatever your study objectives, education is a worthwhile investment. FEE-HELP HECS-HELP VET FEE-HELP Scholarships and awards. Your Career Won't Be Predictable, And That's A Good Thing. To be an effective business leader (and this is, without question, the goal for those of us who want to still be employable moving forward) requires you to not only personally embrace a digital-first posture but to also look microscopically at your career to date and where it is headed. I’m fascinated by successful people and their career paths.

Do you know what I never hear when I listen to a successful businessperson speak or when I read a biography of someone I respect? I never hear a story that goes like this: “I always knew that I wanted to be in marketing. There was never any doubt in my mind. All through elementary school, all I could do was daydream about marketing campaigns and working on a company’s overall strategic vision. While other kids were outside playing, I was busy drawing up logos for imaginary companies. My point? Accept it: There is no gold watch in your future. Here’s the thing: People want guarantees. What about you? Lost in adaptation.

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Predictably Irrational - basic human motivations: Dan Ariely at TEDxMidwest. TEDxAmsterdam 2012 Marc de Hond - The Power of Adaptation. Meaning in Labour: Dan Ariely at TEDxAmsterdam 2012. The Biology of Good and Evil: Paul J. Zak at TEDxAmsterdam 2012. What you do is more important than what you believe: Peter Kennedy at TEDxCanberra 2012. TEDxPugetSound - Scott Belsky - Making Ideas Happen. Forget big change, start with a tiny habit: BJ Fogg at TEDxFremont. TEDxAA-Martin G.-Why creating supportive habits is the quickest way to achieve your goals.

Why we procrastinate by Vik Nithy @ TEDxYouth@TheScotsCollege. TEDxBlackRockCity - Dan Ariely - Money Changes Everything. Predictably Irrational - basic human motivations: Dan Ariely at TEDxMidwest. Self Control: Dan Ariely at TEDxDuke.