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Updated as of 7/2/2014 – I think every blog needs indexes and summaries! For new readers interested in social psychology, you may want to read over post #4 (Cognitive Dissonance – that feeling of doubt) as it is one fairly fundamental to quite a few other posts!

1. Dual process memory and you! – This post details the two processes that make up human memory. I reference this processes every now and then.

2. The (not so) rational man – Rational man models are often used in economics, but is human behavior really so rational?

3. Justification and you! This post describes how we justify our behavior, and what impacts it may have.

4. *Cognitive Dissonance – That feeling of doubt This post is a follow up to #3. We justify our behavior to reduce dissonance, but what is dissonance?  ****Many of my topics use this phrase, so it may be good to look this over first!****

5. What is love: you fill that basal ganglia shaped hole in my heart – This is one of my favorite posts! Please read #1 before reading this topic! This post discusses memory processes and adult attachment.

6. Contingencies of self worth – pushing your buttons! – Contemporary psychologists are now looking at our contingencies of self worth instead of other topics like self-esteem.

7. Coping: Solving problems or avoiding problems? – This post discusses problem focused coping and emotion focused coping.

8.  The 5 components of liking – This post discusses the simple way in which relationships are formed (both romantic and platonic).

9. The Big 5 of Personality Psychology – This post discusses the most recent way psychologists investigate personality.

10. Personality in action! – This post is a follow up to #9. How is personality information used?

11. When good advice turns bad: Behavioral Inoculation – Even with our best intentions, we can accidentally do more harm than good when we give advice!

12. Transtheoretical model of behavioral change – This is a follow up to post #12. When people are attempting to change their behavior, what type of advice is actually helpful?

13. Subliminal priming: fact or fiction?  – this post discusses how subliminal priming serves to influence your behavior. It does really affect us, but it lacks the power to truly change your mind. Post #1 is referenced in this post, so please read that one first!

14. Just one more shot – the gambler’s Fallacy –  This post briefly discusses the gambler’s fallacy in three short examples. Also, it will be the starting point for the next few posts on statistics/research methods in psychology.

15. Variance and Correlations – This post looks at how psychology uses correlations. This talks about how to interpret them and think about them, more so than the formulas you use to make them.

16. Interactions – This post looks at interaction effects. You may need to read about correlations first in post #15 if you are not familiar with them.

17. Mediation – This post discusses what mediation effects look like. You might want to look at post 15 and 16 prior to reading this one. Mediation is typically observed when a statistical model  does not include a key factor.

18. Article review: Across the thin blue line – This post discusses an interesting article dealing some strange effects of stereotypes with police officers.

19. Does racial sensitivity have a price? – I discuss the effect found in an article by Effron, Cameron & Benoit, (2009).

20. Can an angry woman get ahead? – I discuss the article by Brescoll and Uhlmann (2008) regarding gender stereotypes, and what happens when we fail to conform to them.

21. The Glass Slipper Effect – In this review, I discuss the negative impact of gender stereotypes on the workforce. Quite a startling effect!

22. Stereotypes and discrimination wrap up – This is a synthesis of posts 18-21. While it seems like a review, the point of the post was to show what sort of conclusions you can draw when you take multiple studies into account which all explain similar behaviors. You may wish to review post #4 on cognitive dissonance prior to reading this post.

23. Authority (part 1) – This post discusses the (in)famous Stanley Milgram study on authority.

24. Influence part 1 – In part one we discuss the first few factors of influence (contrast, reciprocity, and commitment/consistency)

25. Influence part 2 – In part 2, we discuss social proofing and liking.

26. From Friendzone to endzone, an influence parody – we take the 7 factors of influence and point them, humorously, towards dating.

27. Influence part three! – we cover the final factors of influence

28. Emergent Epigenesis – it’s not just nature versus nurture folks!

29. Psychological Research – Everyone is a Critic!!!

30. What a Disaster! – Does Facebook Foster Catastrophizing?

31. Can our kids cope with advertising? – How our theory of mind helps us understand the intention of others, but is it fair to influence children whose theory of mind isn’t fully developed?

32. Sexism revisited: Perceived sexism among adolescent girls – Building upon the Glass Slipper Effect and Can an Angry Woman get ahead, we look at the sources of sexism to young women.

33. Violation of Expectations – the mechanism of dissonance – We build upon one of my first posts about cognitive dissonance, as we discuss how it is observed in children and the foundation for dissonance in adults.

34. What’s in a phoneme? – Infants are universal listeners! We lose the ability to differentiate the units of speech we are not exposed to as an infant.

35. Piaget and Attention – Children attend to the most salient features of a stimulus. We explore how this works in a few different scenarios.

36. If you spare the rod, do you spoil the child? – We look out the potential negative outcomes of physical discipline.

37. Parents don’t matter?!  – A look a the theory authored by Judith Harris, and a few limitations of her point of view.

38. Learning According to Skinner – B. F. Skinner, the radical behaviorist! Let’s see how he defines learning (reinforcement and punishment).

39. When can praise hurt? – We discuss how to effectively use praise to support the hard work, not just the end results.

40. Can video games alter our behavior? – It’s becoming a common question in social psychology. While video games alter behavior, games have the potential to be positive or negative, just like any other media.

41. Memory and Competitiveness – I finally share my own research which I completed for my thesis back in 2010-2011. I found an interesting relationship between memory errors and competitiveness, and a potential for a useful intervention.

42. Can perspective fix all our problems? – Sometimes the best answer to change your mental state is to change your physical state!

43. Zeigarnik Effect – Using your brain against you! – In this post, I describe the Zeigarnik Effect, offer examples of its use, and show how it can be used against us.

44. The top 5 psychological sins – I review the top five comments I’ve heard in my everyday life since I began sharing psychological research with folks.


1 Comment

  1. Christopher Ricks says:

    Absolutely Awesome!
    Now I can navigate your page. I know what I should expect when I click on links. I know what order to read posts. THANK YOU!!!!

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