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Psychology January 2009 Archive

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Moro Reflex - Psychology Definition of the Week

Thursday January 29, 2009
Definition: The Moro reflex, also known as the startle reflex, is an involuntary response that is present at birth and usually disappears between the ages of 3 to 6 months. ... Read More

Selective Attrition - Psychology Definition of the Week

Monday January 19, 2009
Definition: In psychology experiments, selective attrition describes the tendency of some people to be more likely to drop out of a study than others. This tendency can threaten the validity ... Read More

Employment of Psychologists

Friday January 16, 2009
Employment in psychology varies greatly depending on factors such as the degree held, specialty area, and employment sector. While nearly 4 out of 10 psychologists are self-employed, a large number ... Read More

Researchers Replicate Milgram's Famous Obedience Experiment

Wednesday January 14, 2009
The January issue of American Psychologist features a new study that replicated Milgram's classic obedience experiment. In Milgram's original experiments conducted during the 1960s, participants were asked to deliver electrical ... Read More

How Do Optical Illusions Work?

Friday January 9, 2009
What is an optical illusion? Optical illusions, more appropriately known as visual illusions, involves visual deception. Due to the arrangement of images, effect of colors, impact of light source or ... Read More
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Actor Observer Bias - Psychology Definition of the Week

Wednesday January 7, 2009
Definition: The actor-observer bias is a term in social psychology that refers to a tendency to attribute one's own action to external causes, while attributing other people's behaviors to internal ... Read More

10 Ways to Become a More Effective Learner

Friday January 2, 2009
Learn strategies you can use to become a more effective learner.Photo © René Mansi/iStockPhoto I'm always interested in finding new ways to learn quickly and efficiently. It's important to get the ... Read More
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