How India's neurocops used brainscans to convict... →
In case you don’t have time to read the whole thing (or the desire), Mind Hacks has a brief article on this event and the growing “EEG as REAL lie detector”-trend. Here’s that link. People are being jailed after lie-detecting brain scans find them guilty. The science is flaky, but this is just the latest instance of neuro imaging being used to ‘read’ the human mind – and...
Dr. Deb: New Medications From Psychology Today →
*Note: Sadly Tumblr is only sometimes working with this brief video clip, so here’s the link to it, just in case. Pink Brain, Blue Brain Mythbusting sex differences in the brain: author/neuroscientist Lise Eliot discusses her book. Brain-Based Sex Differences | Channel N
Social Medicine - Olivia Judson Blog - NYTimes.com →
“Wash your hands regularly.” “Cover your mouth when you sneeze.” “Throw away your used tissues.” These are some of the exhortations currently posted around London in an attempt to reduce the spread of flu. But one day, perhaps we’ll have public health campaigns of a different kind. “Be jolly: it’s catching.” Or, “Eat less: do it for your friends.” Why? Because “traditional” infectious diseases —...
Mind Hacks: Terrorism, society and psychology →
Terrorism, society and psychology: The latest edition of Monitor on Psychology has an excellent article on the psychology of terrorism, looking at both what motivates people to join terrorist organisations and what influences attitudes to terrorist groups. Being an article in the publication of the American Psychological Association, it’s a round-up of American research on terrorism,...
More Psychology of Good and Bad Leadership |... →
More Psychology of Good and Bad Leadership What are the cheap psychological tricks used by bad leaders? In the last post, we were exploring tactics used by bad leaders, what I called “cheap psychological tricks,” to control and subjugate followers. A variation on the abuse of requiring follower obedience to authority is when leaders call on the ultimate authority - God. Many...
How to Keep Your Temper at Work (And Everywhere... →
This week’s question for Ask the Coach: It’s hard for me to keep my temper, even more so now with the global economic meltdown! Do you have any suggestions on how I can stop from getting angry, especially in the workplace? MG: Anger can distort our self-perceptions and do harm to the relationships with people important to us, both inside and outside of work. Handling our emotions is...
Bringing Change | Channel N →
Celebrities and family members of people with mental health issues fight stigma in an energetic new initiative. This slick, high concept PSA directed by Ron Howard launches the campaign and web site, which features video interviews and invites everyone to share your story on social video. Spread the word – embed & email this video and upload your own. I did research on some of the...
Study: Feeling grumpy 'is good for you' →
People are fairer and more generous when they are in clean-smelling...– Trends & Innovations Interesting… (via willw2)
"In the News" by Karen Franklin, Ph.D.: Paraphilic... →
While many critics have argued against the use of the DSM as a diagnostic tool because it has defined conditions too broadly (or to narrowly), has often been subject to moral relativism and subjective judgments of deviance, and even because what was once considered maladaptive is now widely accepted (homosexuality was once listed in the DSM), it’s hard to argue that this behavior by some...
The Psychological Immune System | PsyBlog →
We get over bad moods much sooner than we predict, thanks to the covert work of the psychological immune system. One of the most incredible things about the human mind is its resilience. Let’s face it, life can be pretty depressing at times, and yet people generally push on much the same as they always have, sometimes even with a spring in their step and a smile on their face. How come...
Dunbar's Number and Marketing | WebpageFX Blog →
I’ve been obsessed with Dunbar’s Number lately and its relationship to marketing. Robin Dunbar is a genius professor of anthropology at Oxford. He studied the social behaviors of groups of primates for years and came to some pretty cool conclusions. He discovered that in primates and humans, the maximum number of relationships an individual can maintain is directly proportional to the average...