Can Government Solve the Paradox of Choice?
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Can Government Solve the Paradox of Choice?

Does having choice, whether over breakfast cereal or pension plans, make us happy? It’s become fashionable to say that we can have too much choice. That if we face many different options, we’ll get stressed about making the wrong choice, or that we’ll be comparing our choices unfavorably to the choices that other people have […]

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Social-cognitive theory – Intro to Psychology
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Social-cognitive theory – Intro to Psychology

In order to understand social cognitive theories of personality, let’s just look at this graph of two hypothetical people. A and B. So the basic idea is that these two people bring different interpretations to each situation. In this case, nine different situations. So on the horizontal axis, we have these social factors or the […]

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The visual cliff test – Intro to Psychology
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The visual cliff test – Intro to Psychology

First, I want you to know that this experiment was completely safe. The baby couldn’t fall. The plexiglass could hold the baby’s weight, and they also had a barrier around the sides of the platform. I didn’t draw it here, that way, you could see the cute baby. This demonstrates to us that by the […]

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Where can a Bachelor of Science take you?
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Where can a Bachelor of Science take you?

A huge part of science is being able to think outside the box and to not be afraid to ask those questions like “why” or “what if”? I’m studying a Bachelor of Science because I really enjoy chemistry and it’s something that’s just come very naturally to me. I guess I’ve always had a strong […]

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Index of psychology articles | Wikipedia audio article
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Index of psychology articles | Wikipedia audio article

Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή psykhē “breath, spirit, soul”; and -λογία, -logia “study of”) is an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of human mental functions and behavior. Occasionally, in addition or opposition to employing the scientific method, it also relies on symbolic interpretation and critical analysis, although these traditions have tended to be […]

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Secure attachment – Intro to Psychology
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Secure attachment – Intro to Psychology

The final attachment style is secure attachment, and about 65% of babies have a secure attachment. Babies with secure attachments cry and become really distressed when the caregiver leaves. But when the caregiver returns, the baby offers warm hugs, and the baby will settle down fairly quickly. Attachment is a great example of how nature […]

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Which is avoidant attachment – Intro to Psychology
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Which is avoidant attachment – Intro to Psychology

Ainsworth used three terms to describe her attachment theories. Secure Attachment, Anxious Ambivalent Attachment and Avoidant Attachment. Given the name, what do you think an Avoidant Attachment is? Is it this one, where the babies cry and become very distressed when the caregiver leaves? But once the caregiver returns, gives them warm hugs, and settles […]

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Formal operational stage – Intro to Psychology
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Formal operational stage – Intro to Psychology

So, with adolescents comes a new kind of cognitive ability according to Piaget and he called this stage formal operational. He called it formal operational because formal logic, or making inferences is possible for the first time. This stage begins around age 12 and goes up through adulthood. And the hallmark characteristic of formal operational […]

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