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Psychology May 2011 Archive

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The Five Dimensions of Personality

Tuesday May 31, 2011
If I asked you to describe your personality, how would you do it? Chances are strong that you would list a number of different characteristics, such as responsible, organized, calm, ... Read More

Researchers Suggest Children Don't Enjoy TV and Movie Violence

Monday May 30, 2011
Despite the growing concern about the effects of media violence on children, cartoons and other children's programming still often contains scenes of violence. Classic cartoons such as "Looney Tunes" and ... Read More

Longitudinal Research - Psychology Definition of the Week

Friday May 27, 2011
Definition: Longitudinal research is an observational technique that involves studying the same group of individuals over an extended period of time. Data is first collected at the outset of the ... Read More

Schedules of Reinforcement

Thursday May 26, 2011
When using operant conditioning to teach a new behavior, the schedule of reinforcement used can have a major impact on how fast the behavior is acquired and the strength of ... Read More
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20 Tips for Boosting Creativity

Wednesday May 25, 2011
Have you ever wanted to become more creative? While creativity is sometimes thought of as an inborn trait found in a gifted few, there are a number of steps you ... Read More

Researchers Suggest Stress Can Lead to Forgetfulness

Tuesday May 24, 2011
Do you ever find yourself so stressed out that you find yourself forgetting simple things like where you left your keys or phone? According to researchers, stress may be the ... Read More

What Can You Do With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?

Monday May 23, 2011
While earning a graduate degree is required for many psychology jobs, the fact is that approximately 75% of students who earn a bachelor's degree in psychology do not go to ... Read More
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Negative Reinforcement - Psychology Definition of the Week

Friday May 20, 2011
Negative reinforcement is a key concept in B.F. Skinner's theory of operant conditioning. Negative reinforcement involves strengthening a behavior through the removal of an aversive stimulus. People often confuse negative ... Read More

Schools of Thought in Psychology

Thursday May 19, 2011
In a 1906 address to the American Psychological Association, Mary Whiton Calkins argued that structuralism and functionalism, the two major schools of thought at the time, were "too often opposed ... Read More

How to Conduct a Psychology Experiment

Wednesday May 18, 2011
Conducting your first psychology experiment can be a daunting task. Learn more about ten of the steps you should follow in order to successfully complete a psychology experiment. More About Psychology ... Read More
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How to Tell If Someone Is Lying

Tuesday May 17, 2011
I spotted an interesting article over on Science Daily looking at how psychologists help members of law enforcement distinguish between the truth and lies. Researchers at UCLA recently conducted research ... Read More

10 Fascinating Facts About Dreams

Monday May 16, 2011
Did you know that you forget approximately 95 percent of your dreams? Or that you spend about six years of your total lifetime dreaming? Dreams can be fascinating, exciting, terrifying ... Read More
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Ego Strength - Psychology Definition of the Week

Friday May 13, 2011
Definition: According to Sigmund Freud, ego strength is the ability of the ego to effectively deal with the demands of the id, the superego and reality. As you may recall ... Read More

How to Study for a Psychology Test

Thursday May 12, 2011
While many students in the U.S. are probably thinking about the upcoming summer break, it will soon be time to start thinking about final exams. While there are no sure-fire ... Read More
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Finding a Job in Psychology

Wednesday May 11, 2011
Looking for your first job or finding a new one can be a daunting task at any time, but it can be particularly grueling when you're facing a tight job ... Read More

What Score Do You Need on the AP Psychology Exam?

Tuesday May 10, 2011
The AP Psychology exam was last week. In 2008, more than 130,000 students took the test. Were you one of the many students taking the exam this year? Many college ... Read More

New List of the World's Top 25 Universities for Psychology

Monday May 9, 2011
The UK-based QS education network has released their reputation rankings of the world's top universities for a variety of subjects including psychology. Harvard University was ranked number one in the ... Read More

Happy Birthday Sigmund Freud!

Friday May 6, 2011
Today marks 155 anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud. Or at least, today marks the day most frequently identified as the day Freud was born. The day on which ... Read More

Authoritative Parenting - Psychology Definition of the Week

Thursday May 5, 2011
Definition: Authoritative parenting is one of the parenting styles that was first described by psychologist Diana Baumrind during the 1960s. Also known as democratic parenting, this style is characterized by ... Read More

Is a Career In Counseling Right for You?

Wednesday May 4, 2011
Do you enjoy working with people? While there are a wide variety of career options available to students of psychology, counseling is one area that is particularly popular. Counseling can ... Read More

Overcoming Test Anxiety

Tuesday May 3, 2011
Are you fretting over your final exams or standardized tests? Do you ever feel so nervous during a test that you can't concentrate on the material or even forget the ... Read More
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Help! I Don't Understand My Assignment!

Monday May 2, 2011
Cynthia writes: "My psychology teacher has told us to write a paper, but I don't understand the topic or what she wants us to write about. I'm so confused and ... Read More
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