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Posts published in January 2021

Handy coping tips: Discussion or group project

The good folks at Google have been working from home since March/April 2020. Their “Supporting Employee Mental Health and Well-being” document has a number of handy tips. It opens with this statement. “We are all learning how to cope with…

The Science Behind Gut Feelings

“People are able to see and recognize patterns that can help them make decisions or form judgments, and a lot of this recognition is outside of conscious awareness.” The Science Behind Gut Feelings Source: macmillan psych community

Human Altruism

Humans are supposedly the most altruistic animals, but why? The answer is likely in our genes. Source: macmillan psych community

The cognitive dissoance of QAnon followers

In the aftermath of the US presidential inauguration, I’ve been reading about QAnon with much interest. From the New York Times: Followers of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, have spent weeks anticipating that Wednesday [1/20/21, inauguration day] would be the…

Pandemic Fatigue Ruining Your Motivation?

Is pandemic fatigue affecting your motivation as we face the start of a new semester? Learn why and read advice here: Source: macmillan psych community

Using Psychology Principles to Keep Those New Years Resolutions Going!

We are two weeks into the new year! Are your resolutions feeling a little…flat? Here’s how to keep them going, psychology style! New podcast from APA: Source: macmillan psych community

Can Money Buy MORE Happiness?

It used to be that money only made us happier up to a certain point. New research shows that this relationship is changing and getting stronger over time. Why is this happening? Source: macmillan psych community

Learning how to learn assignment

Learning how to learn assignment My father used to get so frustrated with one of my brothers. My father would say, with great exasperation, “I talk to you until I’m blue in the face…” Even though my father’s “talk” was—apparently—not…

Check cashing stores, convenience stores, banks: Schemas at work

I haven’t given much thought to how check cashing stores and payday lending stores are designed, probably because I have not had occasion to go in one. I’m reading the book The 99% Invisible City, a collection of essays based…