Think for a minute about the forms you fill in. You are asked to give your name and then, the second most common question is about your gender – are you male or female? This seemingly innocuous question overlooks the fact that some people do not have a clear sense of being male or female. […]
What is the link? When considering the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, a key explanation is the malleability of memory – for example leading questions may alter what is remembered. The same explanation can also be applied to multiple personality disorder (more recently called ‘dissociative identity disorder’, DID). The experience of multiple personalities may be explained […]
Research on free will has taken an interesting turn in recent years. Studies have shown that, when people are encouraged to believe in determinism, they are less likely to behave ethically (for example cheating on tests) and less likely to be nice to others.
Nothing like a catchy title! Some of you will be familiar with the idea that males who have to compete with other males for mates need to produce more sperm and hence larger testicles through the process of natural selection. Animals who are relatively promiscuous have compete with mates so we would expect them to […]
Elizabeth Loftus gave a TED talk earlier in the year, which has just been posted on their site.
Two recent events (the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 and claims that the recent Washington shooting was related to an obsession with violent video games) have led to a number of newspaper articles once again exploring the link between violent video games and aggression.
If you look on Google or in textbooks there appear to be many different versions of the model. In fact it may help students to have a look at some of the different versions to enhance their understanding of what it is all about. This one has a rehearsal loop for STM, as many of […]
Many exam specifications require students to be familiar with the clinical characteristics of the mental disorder they study. The new DSM 5, published in May this year, has changed the criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, the good news is, the changes are fairly small from the point of view of A level students. […]
There was a radio program on NDEs on BBC Radio 4 yesterday (Monday 9 September), an episode of the Beyond Belief series. This discussion presents a balanced discussion of views. Skeptic psychologist Professor Chris French presents the rational view and talks about research evidence. Dr Penny Sartori has written a soon-to-be published book on NDEs and promotes the […]
I have always wondered why people swear. The September issue of The Psychologist has provided some insights. It’s obviously about emotion but here’s some evidence to support this. Richard Stevens (the author of the article in The Psychologist) put participants in a painful situation – placing their hand in a bucket of ice cold water. He […]