10 Brilliant Social Psychology Studies Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments. “I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures.Why do good people sometimes act evil?Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?” Like eminent social psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo (author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil), I’m also obsessed with why we do dumb or irrational things. The answer quite often is because of other people – something social psychologists have comprehensively shown. Over the past few months I’ve been describing 10 of the most influential social psychology experiments. Each one tells a unique, insightful story relevant to all our lives, every day. 1. The ‘halo effect’ is a classic social psychology experiment. » Read on about the halo effect -» 2. » Read on about cognitive dissonance -» 3. » Read on about Sherif’s Robbers Cave experiment -» 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
47 Mind-Blowing Psychology-Proven Facts I’ve decided to start a series called 100 Things You Should Know about People. As in: 100 things you should know if you are going to design an effective and persuasive website, web application or software application. Or maybe just 100 things that everyone should know about humans! The order that I’ll present these 100 things is going to be pretty random. Dr. <div class="slide-intro-bottom"><a href=" What Do Blind People See When They Dream? - DivineCaroline - StumbleUpon There’s a dream I had years ago that has always stayed with me, mostly because it was so unlike anything I’d experienced before. I dreamed that I was sleepwalking down a hallway painted in the most vibrant colors I’d ever seen and covered in an unrecognizable, hieroglyphic-like language. Upon waking, I marveled at my brain’s ability to create such fantastic imagery that I’d never seen in real life. I’ve heard people ask questions like, “Do blind people dream?” When the Sightless See In 1999, researchers at the University of Hartford set out to determine what, if anything, the blind can see while dreaming. It all depends on how long a person experiences the world with sight, as opposed to without. It’s similar to the black-and-white dream phenomenon some older individuals experience. People with sight tend to have highly visual dreams with some auditory qualities. Regardless of how we see, almost all of our dreams have a narrative quality.
40 Superb Psychology Blogs Forty of the best psychology blogs, chosen to give you a broad sweep of the most interesting content being produced online right now. The list is split into three sections: first are more general psychological blogs, followed by those with an academic slant, followed by condition specific and patient perspective blogs. Other than that the blogs are presented in no particular order. Updated Sep 2012 to reflect blogs that are now inactive. General: PsyBlog: The blog you’re reading right now—you should subscribe to PsyBlog here.MindHacks: links to psychological goodness from all around the web. More academic: Dr Petra Boynton: sex educator and academic exposes media misrepresentations of science.Babel’s Dawn: exploring the origins of language.The Neurocritic: anonymous, critical, mischievous.Advances in the History of Psychology: it’s all in the title.Deric Bounds’ MindBlog: biological view of the brain from an Emeritus Professor. Condition specific/patient perspective blogs: Panic!
WWF's Earth Book - Be part of something big… By Greg Armfield I’ve lived in urban areas like London all my life, but that’s never stopped me marvelling at the wonders of nature in my backyard. I’ve spent the last 10 years living in Wimbledon, south London, and like to think of Wimbledon Common as my second home. The Common reflects the changing seasons - butterflies dancing in the summer light, cobwebs glistening in the dew as autumn approaches. Sometimes I take photos, but often I’m just content to see something so beautiful, so close to my home. Nature is all around us – you just have to stop, look and listen. Greg Armfield (Photography and Film Manager, WWF) Did you know... It now takes 1.5 years to produce the resources the world consumes in a year. Share this fact
The Top 10 Psychology Studies of 2010 The end of 2010 fast approaches, and I'm thrilled to have been asked by the editors of Psychology Today to write about the Top 10 psychology studies of the year. I've focused on studies that I personally feel stand out, not only as examples of great science, but even more importantly, as examples of how the science of psychology can improve our lives. Each study has a clear "take home" message, offering the reader an insight or a simple strategy they can use to reach their goals , strengthen their relationships, make better decisions, or become happier. If you extract the wisdom from these ten studies and apply them in your own life, 2011 just might be a very good year. 1) How to Break Bad Habits If you are trying to stop smoking , swearing, or chewing your nails, you have probably tried the strategy of distracting yourself - taking your mind off whatever it is you are trying not to do - to break the habit. J. 2) How to Make Everything Seem Easier J. 3) How To Manage Your Time Better M. J.
Personality And Psychology Tests I remember being fascinated by personality tests as a kid. I think it all started when I took a test in elementary school about what career I should be in, and from then I was hooked. I discovered other tests that told me about myself based ozsn my favorite color, tests which described my personality based on my food choices, etc. It didn’t matter that I didn’t know anything about mental bias and the Forer effect, it all sounded true to me at the time. Since then I’ve learned much more about psychology, my personality and various validated psychological tests to determine facets of my personality type. I always felt like there was something missing from the standard ones I took though, even though they were largely accurate. [reddit-me] The irony of discussing online surveys immediately following my article about not wasting time online is not lost on me =). Also, RSS and Email Readers – I’ve included a lot of media in this article. Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory (ZTPI) Dr.
The scientific argument for being emotional - Neuroscience At the end of his second year of Harvard graduate school, neuroscientist and bestselling author Richard Davidson did something his colleagues suspected would mark the end of his academic career: He skipped town and went to India and Sri Lanka for three months to “study meditation.” In the ’70s, just as today, people tended to lump meditation into the new-age category, along with things like astrology, crystals, tantra and herbal “remedies.” But contrary to what his skeptics presumed, not only did Davidson return to resume his studies at Harvard, his trip also marked the beginning of Davidson’s most spectacular body of work: neuroscientific research indicating that meditation (and other strictly mental activity) changes the neuroplasticity of the brain. Thirty years later, Davidson is still researching and writing about the intersection of neuroscience and emotion — he currently teaches psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That’s a great example.
Community psychology Community psychology studies the individuals' contexts within communities and the wider society, and the relationships of the individual to communities and society. Community psychologists seek to understand the quality of life of individuals, communities, and society. Their aim is to enhance quality of life through collaborative research and action. Community psychology employ various perspectives within and outside of psychology to address issues of communities, the relationships within them, and related people's attitudes and behaviour. Rappaport (1977) discusses the perspective of community psychology as an ecological perspective on the person–environment fit (this is often related to work environments) being the focus of study and action instead of attempting to change the personality of individual or the environment when an individual is seen as having a problem. Society for Community Research and Action History of community psychology in the US Empowerment
Momentum for Change Momentum for Change: Areas of Focus Urban Poor: recognizing climate action that improves the lives of impoverished people in urban communities. This focus area is implemented with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Women for Results: recognizing the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate change. Financing for Climate Friendly Investment: recognizing successful and innovative climate-smart activities. ICT Solutions: recognizing successful climate change activities in the field of information and communication technology. Recognizing concrete action on the ground Momentum for Change holds calls for applications on an annual basis. Each year, the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel selects a small number of activities to become Lighthouse Activities. All applications that meet the criteria will be presented in the Momentum for Change activity database.
The Problem of Perception First published Tue Mar 8, 2005; substantive revision Fri Feb 4, 2011 Sense-perception—the awareness or apprehension of things by sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste—has long been a preoccupation of philosophers. One pervasive and traditional problem, sometimes called “the problem of perception”, is created by the phenomena of perceptual illusion and hallucination: if these kinds of error are possible, how can perception be what it intuitively seems to be, a direct and immediate access to reality? The present entry is about how these possibilities of error challenge the intelligibility of the phenomenon of perception, and how the major theories of perception in the last century are best understood as responses to this challenge. 1. 1.1 Introduction This entry will focus on a single, central problem of perception: how to reconcile some apparently obvious truths about our experience of the world with the possibility of certain kinds of perceptual error. 1.2 The Argument from Illusion 2.
10 Psychological Experiments That Went Horribly Wrong Psychology as we know it is a relatively young science, but since its inception it has helped us to gain a greater understanding of ourselves and our interactions with the world. Many psychological experiments have been valid and ethical, allowing researchers to make new treatments and therapies available, and giving other insights into our motivations and actions. Sadly, others have ended up backfiring horribly — ruining lives and shaming the profession. 10. Prisoners and guards In 1971, social psychologist Philip Zimbardo set out to interrogate the ways in which people conform to social roles, using a group of male college students to take part in a two-week-long experiment in which they would live as prisoners and guards in a mock prison. 9. Wendell Johnson, of the University of Iowa, who was behind the study Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, also seen top 7. 6. The Milgram Experiment underway 5. 4. A rhesus monkey infant in one of Harlow's isolation chambers 3. 2. 1. David Reimer