: Biology/Traits: Incentive Reward/Neuroticism

Personality Lecture on the Biological Traits of Reward and Neuroticism

In this lecture, I continue my discussion of the relationship between subcortical brain processes and the big five personality traits identified by psychometric researchers, focusing on the relationship between positive/negative emotion and extraversion/neuroticism. Bookmark Psychology Unlocked for all the latest fascinating insights into different types of Psychology.

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Biology/Traits in Personality: The Limbic System

Biology/Traits in Personality: The Limbic System

In this lecture, I begin my discussion of the relationship between brain function, at a deep, subcortical level, and the existence of the five traits identified by psychometric researchers. Bookmark Psychology Unlocked for all the latest fascinating insights into different types of Psychology.

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Pt 1: Freedom Of Speech/Political Correctness: Dr. Norman Doidge

This is Part 1 of a 3-part posting from The Speakers Action Group (http://www.speakersaction.com/), who hosted Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the bestselling The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing (www.normandoidge.com/) and Dr. Jordan B Peterson Sunday, January 22, 2017 to speak on freedom of speech and political correctness. Dr. Peterson […]

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Interview with great U Texas Austin psych prof JW Pennebaker

Dr. James W. Pennebaker is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Executive Director of Project 2021, aimed at rethinking undergrad education at that university. I first encountered Dr. Pennebaker’s work when I was working on the SelfAuthoring Suite (www.selfauthoring.com), an online writing program which has helped thousands of college […]

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If Collectivists like Social Groups, and Cities are Social Groups, do Collectivists like Cities?

Do you like the place where you live? Maybe its got great architecture, its clean and crime free, the housing is cheap, and/or the nightlife is good? But maybe your liking for the place is also related to something else – your own tendency to identify with social groups? In some recent research, my colleagues […]

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Do you crave music like you crave a cookie?

Do you crave music like you crave a cookie?

Imagine there is a cookie sitting in front of you. You are hungry. You have been on a diet for months. If you have to look at one more raw, paleo, gluten free snack you are going to scream. And the cookie looks good. It smells good. Without putting it in your mouth, you can […]

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Low muscle tone and autistic traits

Low muscle tone and autistic traits

“This large study showed a prospective association of infant muscle tone with autistic traits in childhood.” So said the findings reported by Fadila Serdarevic and colleagues who, looking at nearly 3000 children, were able to assess early motor development and muscle tone “between ages 2 and 5 months” and later parental ratings of autistic traits […]

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Pt 2: Freedom Of Speech/Political Correctness: Dr. Jordan B Peterson

This is Part 2 of a 3-part posting from The Speakers Action Group (http://www.speakersaction.com/), who hosted Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the bestselling The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing (www.normandoidge.com/) and Dr. Jordan B Peterson Sunday, January 22, 2017 to speak on freedom of speech and political correctness. Dr. Peterson […]

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1 in 5 children “met criteria for low language at 7 years”

1 in 5 children “met criteria for low language at 7 years”

Although primarily looking at the potential predictors of language outcome, the study results published by Cristina McKean and colleagues revealed the rather important title heading this blog entry: “Almost 19% of children (22/1204;18.9%) met criteria for low language at 7 years.” The source of the finding was a cohort of some 1900 infants “recruited at […]

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Irresistible: Emotions affect choice of breed despite welfare issues

Irresistible: Emotions affect choice of breed despite welfare issues

Knowing a breed of dog may have health problems does not stop people from wanting one, because emotions get in the way. A new Danish study by Peter S Sandøe (University of Copenhagen) et al investigates the reasons why people acquire particular small breeds of dog and how attached the owners feel to their pet. […]

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