Category Archives: Psychology

A comprehensive guide to cognitive biases — Quartz

“Four problems that biases help us address: Information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast, and how to know what needs to be remembered for later.” Continue reading

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Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research

“The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a new meta-analysis of 50 years of research” Continue reading

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It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

‘As his behavior continued to deteriorate, she tried to take the game away but John threw temper tantrums. His outbursts were so severe that she gave in, still rationalizing to herself over and over again that “it’s educational.”’ Continue reading

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The psychiatrist who diagnoses mental illness and demonic possession. 

“This was at the height of the national panic about Satanism. … So I was inclined to skepticism. But my subject’s behavior exceeded what I could explain with my training. She could tell some people their secret weaknesses, such as undue pride. ” Continue reading

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Pamphlet claims gay marriage would lead to sexual diseases, drug use and unemployment

Dr Liz Short, who led a review same-sex parenting research for the Australian Psychological Society, said the pamphlet was “factually incorrect and deeply damaging”.

The children of same-sex couples are likely to be at least as well adjusted, socially, emotionally, and academically, as other children, she said. Continue reading

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Income Inequality Makes Whole Countries Less Happy

” In societies where the richest hold most of the country’s income, people were more likely to report feeling feeling “stressed,” “worried,” or “angry” on the day before the survey.” Continue reading

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52 Concepts for your Cognitive Toolkit

” Looking at links will be of particularly high value for this post, as many of these concepts will seem obvious and scarcely worth saying when you simply read their definition. It’s only in seeing their application and how that changes your thinking that you can realise their value.”

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Conversation Analysis of a single word

Half way through this short article on conversation analysis discusses converting people from a firm no to a yes by asking if they are”willing” to try (in the example) mediation. We continue to learn much about human behaviour and communication. … Continue reading

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Facts don’t win arguments. The Backfire Effect

A group of Dartmouth researchers have studied the problem of the so-called “backfire effect,” which is defined as the effect in which “corrections actually increase misperceptions among the group in question.” Continue reading

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When poor kids parents have a little money

Apparently they don’t spent it on drugs and alcohol. ..

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