Tagged: psychology

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Finding Rat #42, alleged Harvard asshole

Uncovering Harvard’s Rat #42 A poorly copied, blurry version of this parody lab story popped up in my Facebook stream early today. I squinted (it really was a poor copy!), smiled and possibly even laughed as I remembered this from a few years back, found while studying psychology. Funny as...

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Stoneshard, an Early Access review. (Notes to the devs)

Stoneshard, the early days Intro My (recent) review of Stoneshard on Steam was less than complimentary and suggested that – at least in early beta – it was not worth buying. I thought about it a bit longer and why I think that is and decided the game is ‘working...

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Forensic Psychology and Mindfulness

This post: circa 2,200 words, estimated reading time: 11 minutes. (Full content, inc. references, 4,000 words, 20 minutes. Forensic Psychology and Mindfulness Mindfulness Case presentation for Sophie   (Note. This was for a Y3 university assessment. Sophie is a representation, not a real person.)   Sophie is a young, unmarried...

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A word on DLC and loot boxes. Acceptable, or not?

Intro I recently played a ‘free to play, pay to win’ game, liked the PvE element, hated the PvP element and quit in part because of it. As far as I’m concerned the game (Chaos and Conquest) was practically a text book check list of every possible devious and unethical...

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The fear is real

Giz mode I intended to approach this from another angle, but this one will suffice! An article in Gizmodo (shared on Facebook) began by decrying: “On Tuesday night, Brazil’s president demanded that governors end quarantine measures, falsely claiming that “90 percent” of the population will show no symptoms from covid-19...

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The most dangerous word in the world

I was scrolling through Facebook, like you do, and ran into Clive. Don’t be like Clive. The post in question, entitled ‘Why This Word Is So Dangerous to Say or Hear‘, was by Psychology Today and detailed research – using an fMRI – on the cognitive effect of negativity. It...

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Global warming and denialism

I’ll expand this when I have more time, but it serves as a starting point. I really should get round to writing an article on denialism, notably including global warning. For the moment though, the main focus of this post is on the plastic aspect of it all. In parts...

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IQ and what it means, and doesn’t

This post: circa 4,750 words, estimated reading time: 24 minutes Does your IQ really matter? I have an IQ of… Well, yes, about that, the thing is, you see, it does, and it doesn’t mean a damned thing, for many reasons, least of which is that on its own, it’s...

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Smacking and the Law

This post: circa 1,400 words, estimated reading time: 7 minutes Criminalising a smack on the leg The Telegraph and others are currently covering Scotland’s proposed law to make smacking your child a criminal offence. e.g. I smacked my four-year-old – does that make me a criminal? People that make these...