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Posts published in July 2020

Social Anxiety Changes Our Focus

“Together, the results from these studies suggest that individuals with social anxiety show an irregular attentional pattern when they are viewing emotional faces.” Eye Tracking Evidence Shows that Social Anxiety Changes the Picture #psychstudentrss  Source: macmillan psych community

Cognitive dissonance, pandemic edition: Class discussion

A lot of my Intro Psych students struggle with the concept of cognitive dissonance. If circumstances, say, a pandemic, provide an example of cognitive dissonance, and a couple social psychologists, say, Elliot Aronson and Carol Tavris, present the explanation, how…

Sleep Paralysis

Are you interested in sleep paralysis? If so, check out this new article: Sleep Paralysis and the Monsters Inside Your Mind – Scientific American #psychstudentrss Source: macmillan psych community

Cognitive Dissonance can help us understand refusal to wear masks.

“Dissonance is most painful when evidence strikes at the heart of how we see ourselves—when it threatens our belief that we are kind, ethical, competent, or smart.” Check out the great piece on cognitive dissonance from The Atlantic, by Worth…

Course Workload Estimator: A beginning of the course assignment

In 2017, I wrote a blog post about the federal law that mandates that at every institution of higher education in the United States that receives federal funding that students spend a minimum of two hours outside of class working…

Non-Compliance with Official Coronavirus Prevention Measures

“People with heightened conspiracy mentality appear to have adopted behaviors to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — at least until those behaviors were officially endorsed by the government.” What are some of the psychological principles at work here? #psychstudentrss Source:…