October 21, 2014

8:29 AM | Five-year-olds can see through your bravado
Imagine you wanted to lie to a five-year-old. "The toy shop is closed Billy," you say, "it always closes at 2pm on a Monday." You reason that if you make this announcement with confidence, then Billy is sure to believe you.It's not a bad strategy. In a new study involving nearly a hundred kids aged four to five, they were more likely to believe statements made by a woman who spoke and gestured with confidence, than those made by a woman who was hesitant and uncertain. In this case, the women's […]

Brosseau-Liard, P., Cassels, T. & Birch, S. (2014). You Seem Certain but You Were Wrong Before: Developmental Change in Preschoolers’ Relative Trust in Accurate versus Confident Speakers, PLoS ONE, 9 (9) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108308


October 14, 2014

8:57 AM | High Emotional Intelligence linked with more delinquency among young women (but not men)
If, as research suggests, the psychological trait of sensation seeking is the catalyst for youthful delinquency, might high emotional intelligence (EI; having empathy for other people's emotions and good control over one's own) act as a calming restraint? That was the question Alison Bacon her colleagues posed in their study of 96 undergrads (average age 20; 48 women).Their "surprising and unprecedented" discovery was that for women, not only did high EI not moderate the link between sensation […]

Bacon, A., Burak, H. & Rann, J. (2014). Sex differences in the relationship between sensation seeking, trait emotional intelligence and delinquent behaviour, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 25 (6) 673-683. DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2014.943796


October 13, 2014

5:00 PM | The Jung Page
The Jung Page is hosted and edited by The Jung Center of Houston. Begun in 1995 by Jungian analyst Don Williams, The Jung Page provides online educational resources for the Jungian community around the world.

October 09, 2014

1:11 PM | Has psychology found its Lost Boy?
In 1920, in what would become one of the most infamous and controversial studies in psychology, a pair of researchers at Johns Hopkins University taught a little baby boy to fear a white rat. For decades, the true identity and subsequent fate of this poor infant nicknamed "Little Albert" has remained a mystery.But recently this has changed, thanks to the tireless detective work of two independent groups of scholars. Now there are competing proposals for who Little Albert was and what became of […]

October 03, 2014

8:51 AM | Did a five-day camp without digital devices really boost children's interpersonal skills?
"There's a brilliant study that came out two weeks ago," Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield said at a recent event promoting her new book, "... they took away all [the pre-teens'] digital devices for five days and sent them to summer camp ... and tested their interpersonal skills, and guess what, even within five days they'd changed."Greenfield highlighted this study in the context of her dire warnings about the harmful psychological effects of modern screen- and internet-based technologies. […]

LAMBERT, N., MULDER, S. & FINCHAM, F. (2014). Thin slices of infidelity: Determining whether observers can pick out cheaters from a video clip interaction and what tips them off, Personal Relationships, DOI: 10.1111/pere.12052

Uhls, Y., Michikyan, M., Morris, J., Garcia, D., Small, G., Zgourou, E. & Greenfield, P. (2014). Five days at outdoor education camp without screens improves preteen skills with nonverbal emotion cues, Computers in Human Behavior, 39 387-392. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.05.036

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