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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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Solomon Asch’s Experiment on Conformity

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Featured, Solomon Asch's Conformity Experiment | 1 comment

Solomon Asch’s Experiment on Conformity

Solomon Asch, an American psychologist, conducted what is now considered a classic experiment in social psychology about conformity.   Asch told the participants that the purpose of the experiment was to test one’s visual abilities. The real purpose was to test levels of conformity in group situations. There was a group of eight participants in each trial; however, seven of these were confederates, meaning that they knew the real purpose of the experiment but they pretended to be participants. The group was then given two images. One was an image of three lines of varying length and...

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Anorexia Nervosa: The Deadly Addiction

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Anorexia, Featured | 0 comments

Anorexia Nervosa: The Deadly Addiction

Anorexia Nervosa is one of the deadliest psychological disorders. Without treatment, one in five sufferers will die. Ninety percent of anorexics are female, mostly in their teens. In countries with high economic status, approximately one out of every 100 adolescent girls has anorexia.   What is the personality type of an anorexic? Anorexics tend to be perfectionists and high achieving. Although they may excel in their studies or activities, they rarely acknowledge their merits and are constantly plagued by fear and doubt. Self-confidence and self-esteem tend to be quite low and fragile...

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Is your love life affected by pornography addiction?

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Featured, Pornography | 0 comments

Is your love life affected by pornography addiction?

Pornography addiction. Is it a serious concern? When healthy men in their 20’s describe their inability to perform as ‘normal,’ I think it’s safe to say that porn is a problem.   Both men and women are victims of the hyper-sexualized culture porn presents. Pornography is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable for everyone.  It’s just a click away. This is affecting how men and women engage in real life relationships and sexual encounters. Porn not only objectifies women but it gives the impression that sexual intercourse is OK with ‘no strings attached.’ Women...

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Liberation vs. Equality?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Featured, Feminism | 0 comments

Liberation vs. Equality?

What do women want? Has women’s liberation even begun? Is feminism helping or hindering women? All of these important questions deserve answers. That’s where Danielle Crittenden, an author and journalist, Germaine Greer, an academic, and Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, come in.   There are a set of beliefs, according to Crittenden, that are designed to dictate how women ought to live. The tenets of which are that we should put everything into our careers while postponing marriage and having children. We should not trust marriage and what it stands for. We should also pursue the...

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