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How motivated are you?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Featured, Positive Psychology | 0 comments

How motivated are you?

“When you perceive choice, you perceive motivation.” This is a quote by Ellen Langer, a Harvard professor of psychology. This provides the framework for research into the psychology of motivation.   In an inspiring TedTalk, Scott Geller, Alumni Professor at Virginia Tech, claimed that self-motivation is all about feeling empowered. According to Geller, self-motivation derives from the perception of competence, consequences, choice and community. All four are crucial in determining how motivated someone is. Firstly, competence means that it is imperative to feel accomplished and that...

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The Strange Situation

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Featured, Ground-Breaking Experiments | 0 comments

The Strange Situation

Mary Ainsworth was a pioneer in research into early attachment theory. She became famous for her assessment technique in identifying different attachment styles in infants. Her technique was the Strange Situation.   The Strange Situation involved approximately 100 middle class American mothers and infants. The infant’s ages ranged between 12 and 18 months. The experiment was set up in a playroom with one way glass in order for the researchers to observe what was happening. The assessment involved eight different steps: The experimenter, mother, and baby are in the room together The...

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Burnout…

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Featured, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Burnout…

What is burnout? Is it the same as stress? Is it a mental or physical condition? And finally can it be cured easily? This article identifies some of the causes, symptoms and preventative strategies for people experiencing burnout.   According to Help Guide, “burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” It is a gradual process which could be symptomatic of depression or due to ineffective coping mechanisms. Contrary to popular belief, burnout is not the same as stress or the result of simply working long hours. Stress...

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Is autism under-diagnosed in girls?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Disorders, Featured | 0 comments

Is autism under-diagnosed in girls?

The short answer is: most probably. Autism is a highly stereotyped disorder whereby boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls are. Recent research, however, shows that girls are being overlooked or diagnosed with other disorders since they are better at masking their autistic traits. The lack of diagnosis, intervention and treatment for girls can hinder them in many ways and can even lead the development of other serious disorders, such as anorexia nervosa.   Boys with autism tend to receive clinical attention due to disruptive behaviour and language delay....

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Bandura’s Bobo Doll Experiment

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Featured, Ground-Breaking Experiments | 5 comments

Bandura’s Bobo Doll Experiment

The famous Bobo Doll experiment conducted by Albert Bandura in 1961 is still widely cited and highly relevant today. It lends support to Bandura’s social learning theory which claims that learning occurs through observation and imitation of others behaviours. It could have widespread implications regarding the effects of the media. If celebrities are seen as role models, this could lead to many dangerous behaviours being imitated, such as extreme diets, drugs, hard-core partying and even violence. Since magazines and television like to report scandalous conduct, this could affect the way...

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The Intelligence Debate: Nature vs. Nurture

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Featured, Theories | 0 comments

The Intelligence Debate: Nature vs. Nurture

The debate surrounding the heritability of intelligence is one that has been going on for centuries starting with Sir Francis Galton in 1869 and the publication of his book, Hereditary Genius.   Galton was one of the first scientists to study individual differences in intelligence. In his book, Hereditary Genius, he claimed that intelligence is inherited and that this is supported by the fact that eminence runs in families. He went further to say that selective breeding ought to be encouraged in order to improve society which sparked the on-going controversy surrounding...

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