Black boxes are mechanisms, systems, or tools that we use without knowledge or interest in how they work internally; instead we look only at the input and output, or stimulus and response. Psychology, in its drive to establish itself as a hard science, appears to accept the closing of its black boxes with too great a readiness. What I suggest here is simply that we would benefit from a more scrupulous assessment of the validity and pragmatism of the black boxes we create, endorse and use within our field.
The huge stream of immigrants comes with many challenges. These challenges often have an underlying psychological aspect. Psychological theories can therefore help to understand the impact of immigration on both immigrants and locals. They can also be used to develop interventions that could improve the understanding between immigrants and locals.
Homeopathy is a domain of alternative medicine that has no scientific plausibility. However, many people are convinced of its effectiveness because they are fooled by the unconscious psychological mechanisms homeopaths utilize for treatment. One of these mechanisms is the patients’ positive reaction to the empathy homeopaths show during consultations.
Every year, we ask six staff or student members from our department to write about the books they love and think you will love too. These are the books that we recommend you take to your vacation this summer and, just to make sure you do, we will send them to one of you for free!
We’re ready to celebrate the end of 2015 and the beginning of an exciting 2016, here on Mindwise, and what better way than to share with you the most popular posts from these past twelve months! We’ve been thrilled with your interest all year and we look forward to sharing with you great new […]
This blog post discusses the issue of free will from a psychological perspective. More specifically, it examines the implications of subconscious priming with respect to our understanding of free will. Lastly, this post is a rebuttal to some of the arguments presented in Mark Balaguer’s book “Free Will”.
Addicted to smartphones? This blog post critically reviews the current state of psychological research concerning the impacts of extensive smartphone use. Important issues are highlighted by the outline of some important psychological studies.