Lying in the Digital Age

In my first post in almost two years, we take a look at lying in the digital age. People lie every single day, whether it be a big one or a small one. But living in a digital age full of mobile phones and other modes of communication, lying becomes easier. However, is it good for our relationships with people?

Here’s a TED talk that discusses this point.

Psychology doesn’t have to be boring.

2 recent articles from the BPS Research Digest blog proves so.

1. A biological mechanism that protects against rape? A controversial study on how women lubricate naturally during rape to avoid sexually related injuries.

2. What makes revenge sweet? A humorous study on satisfaction of revenge.

Loving and living with Alzheimer’s

We as students learn about Alzheimer’s. We as researchers also learn about Alzheimer’s. But as a person living with someone close to them with the condition, it’s a whole different story, a whole different experience, and a whole new understanding of the condition.

We as outsiders may know symptoms and may also know how and when to diagnose a patient. Yet, it is always difficult to know how to live with someone who has it. If you work in a care home with a patient who has the condition, you may get an inkling.

I was browsing the BBC website today and found this excellent audio slideshow which gives an insight into living with a partner who once was able to fly planes and conduct surgery.

Click here to have a look.

Welcome to the new blog

Dear Readers,

I have decided to move to WordPress as I have all my other blogs here. This is part of the upgrade I wanted to make from the old site as part of the relaunch of My Psychological Ramblings… Things have been dying down now as I have discontinued my work on Blogger (not that it’s bad… WordPress just offers a bit more). And for those who are new to this site, please click on the “About” page to find out more about this blog.

Many thanks,

Robert Kodama

I can see it in my mind… A Debate

Mental images are abstract things. They are supposedly images that can be seen but are formed in the mind. They tend to be visual reconstructions of events and/or objects to aid in memory recall.

Have you ever tried to remember something and went along the lines of… “Let me picture it… yes, there’s this, that and the other”? You were most likely creating a mental image. But how does this occur? Here are some points on the debate:
Pylyshyn argues that mental images imply a fallacy that there is another being in the mind which can receive and interpret images created in the mind.
However, neuroimaging studies has shown that the visual association cortex was the most active in generating mental images.
Although they provide evidence that a part of the brain is involved, it still doesn’t provide evidence on HOW they are generated.
Kosslyn argues that mental images are a combination of depictive and propositional images – depictive allows for a point-for-point characteristic of the image, whereas propositional contains specific facts about the image in a hierarchy.
Ambiguity of images cannot be changes
Maybe they can… with certain contexts
You can even rotate the images…
What do you think?

From Birmingham? You’re better off quiet.

Are you from Birmingham? Or, more importantly, have you got a Brummie accent? If so, research suggests that you should stay quiet, as the accent is perceived as not intelligent. A recent study by Smith & Workman (2008), which was presented in this year’s Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society (BPS) confirmed this finding. Participants looked at different photos of women whilst listening to female voices speaking in different accents. They were then asked to rate each photo in terms of intelligence (how intelligent they think the person is). The control group had no speaker, just silence and the photo. The findings confirm this idea, as the Brummie accent was rated as less intelligent by the participants than just silence! 

However, there may be hope ahead for those living in the midlands. This research stands out above others, as it was the first time received pronunciation (RP) was beaten as the most intelligent accent. In fact, this was beaten by the Yorkshire accent, which topped the list. Perhaps things are changing… who knows? The Brummies may beat someone for once!

ResearchBlogging.orgSmith, H-J. & Workman, L. (2008). The effect of accent on perceived intelligence and attractiveness Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society

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