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Nick Byrd

Political  - 
"A critical to respond to situations in which large numbers of lives are at risk.... In this paper, we show how intuitive valuations based on prosocial emotions can lead to scope insensitivity and suboptimal responses to lives at risk."

#socialPsychology #cogSci #reasoning #rationality 
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Magda Kay

General  - 
In the last 3 years I started 2 successful blogs. Here are 13 things I think anybody needs to know if they want to start their own blog:
How long now have you been thinking of starting your own blog? And what's been stopping you? Is it the choosing the topic for you blog
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Hi :)

False memories, can they really happen?
Why isn't our memory aren't as reliable as we think it is and what can contribute to an inaccurate memory..
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Here is my most unprofessional layman wisdom with my opinion on this based of course on my own experience.
I find that my memory of the past especially as i got older, to be fragmented.
I think that certain memories are more profound than others.So  that the brain in order to efficiently handle memory needs to slowly purge non essential memories so as to keep only the more important ones. Those seemingly unimportant details are really important because they connect the existing memories so when they "die" we loose those important connections .  So when we try to connect the 'dots" the dots are missing so we fill in the dots.
Also i believe that the brain will share like experiences where experiences very similar will seem to be remembered as  the same experience.
Also we are  influenced by other peoples experiences as they are told to us. It is quite possible something some one else has told us we later remember as if it were our own experience.
Sometimes and i know this is considered rare i will remember dreams as if they were as real as if i were awake.
Many years later i might possibly mistake a memory of a dream for a memory of something real.
Some memories are not clear to begin with. And i am sure some not so clear memories can merge into what seems to be a single memory.
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Eric Liou

Aggression  - 
Social experiment with a drunk woman. 
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this is just so sad. I wish there were more helpful people in the world :// 
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David Teachout

Interpersonal Relations  - 
"This is the story of our lives. No person stands alone, no action occurs in the absence of the warp and weft of our interwoven existence.”
Attachment, for the buddhist, is the root of all suffering. Attachment, for everyone, is an inevitable manifestation of relational dynamics. Thankfully these two statements are not mutually exclusi...
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Muhammad Talha Bin Yousuf

Attitudes and Persuasion  - 
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+Muhammad Talha Bin Yousuf I don't know about others, but I walk always and at all times in the fear of God. So eyes or no eyes, does not make any difference in my response. But since the symbol of 'eyes' represent Satan, I try avoiding the posts that carry that symbol, title or picture.
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Freed Thinker

Attitudes and Persuasion  - 
Since the beginning of history the pattern has been the oppressed gaining the  advantage over the oppressors. Then in turn the once oppressed end up oppressing another.
The cycle goes on and on.
We now have about 7.4 billion in total population and counting. Thanks to all the different kinds of media the internet now being the newest and most prolific Hate is spreading like wild fire.
Prior to the invention of the internet there were struggles of race beliefs ,life styles and many more. We came close to a semblance of amicable solutions.
Then along came the internet . A way of hiding from personal consequences.Social media has shown a level of hate unknown to prior modern history. Social media which now represents a world wide audience.
The field of psychology desperately wanting to be seen as a credible science does vast studies in controlled environments where  people who know they are being interviewed give biased answers.
Humans are not predictable as the laws of nature that other sciences study.
However researchers could learn so much more by monitoring social media. It is on social media that those who participate express their true feelings. 
i would not even doubt that most people on the edge of breaking are spending time on the internet.
That  speech is coming from all walks of life even scientists .
Social media has become an eye opener as to some of the extremist views that still  exist.
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Slade Newitt

Social Influence  - 
Any help appreciated! (Open the original discussion)
The Gruen Transfer is a great show that helps to deconstruct advertising to understand how it works and what the intent of marketers night be.

Russel Howcroft, one of the two regular marketing experts on the panel, said something recently which I paraphrase to "Everyday I wake up and ask myself are people smart or are people fools? I say people are smart and I go have a great day".

Marketing, communication, language, and Social Psychology are huge areas of scientific research. I don't have a figure for this, but I'm guessing more money is spent on marketing research and trying to influence others than is spent on Social Psychology research, and maybe Psychology generally.

We have all met or heard of someone that believes we make a choice to be influenced by the words or methods of other people, or that such things are powerless.
I see responses to the issue being phrased like:
"People are smarter than that",
"The media doesn't have that much power",
"It's just a <game, movie, TV show, ad>",
"It's making a mountain out of a molehill",
"It's not a real problem", or
"It only affects <idiots, other people, not me, people who are too sensitive>".

This tends to reduce solutions to
"Just don't listen",
"Just block them",
"Ignore it",
"Learn to deal with it",
"Accept it",
"Stop complaining about it",
"Stop participating", or
"If you don't like it, leave".

Such statements are highly relevant to the fields of marketing, politics, discrimination in the media, bullying, mental health, and relationships.

I am trying to figure out what the name of this field of psychology or this effect is, and are there any good links people have to share with someone who denies such things have any effect?

I think Positivity Bias covers the fallacious belief oneself is not affected as much by social effects as others, but That doesn't seem to cover the issue well enough.
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Slade,  I apologise for the very long response.  I seem to write much when I think it's important, I am very interested or passionate.  Plus, I like to write.  

I forgot to respond to a few of your comments above.  I don't know if it is positivity bias or inundation by the propaganda and so pervasive that people use it and see it, but don't notice it (sexist language, racist language and similarly related topics). I don't think most people notice it.  I wear brand clothing, but everyone does.  But most don't notice it.  They just wear it.  I did a tiny informal poll at the airport where I worked once and asked a few people what was on the front of their T-shirt.  None of them knew.  None.  The thing is, I am not special by any means, but I was introduced to this subject many years ago and began studying it informally.  So I made myself used to seeing it everywhere.  I got deeper and deeper until recently, with the study of feminist psychology, and realized it just wasn't "regular" propaganda, and I started studying and researching and writing about the language aspect embedded into all the rest.  

To answer your questions, I don't think it's so much of a positivity bias but rather a complete smothering of media, language, and other forms of propaganda so that people are buried by it and they don't notice it.  I have a constant battle with men (mostly) and many women that calling a grown woman a "girl" is infantilizing ( a word I have difficulty rolling off of my tongue most of the time) and insulting. Most don't get it.  "That's just the language," or, "That's the way we talk in English."  

I don't think it is one academic field, though.  Edward Bernays (there are a few books by him that discuss propaganda in depth, since he was the foremost practitioner of it in the 20th Century) borrowed from sociology, from psychology (via his uncle, Sigmund Freud), and everywhere he needed to to get a point across (but those are the only two I know of).  Cognitive psychology comes into play, too, and those principles were first discovered by BF Skinner, I think. ). But advertising and marketing and publicity and public relations and not distant cousins of any of the above.  They are "children".  I say "children", because after propaganda was used in WWI in the US, it became a dirty word, and so, Bernays had to find another term.  He found public relations.  The rest are the same, just offshoots.  Most people will deny that they are the same thing, which may be why it is sometimes difficult to discuss propaganda with most.  

You also touch on some very important points that I am very interested and passionate about.  How to teach people about this?  I have pondered this often.  I don't think there is a site that people can go to to  so that they can understand it that will explain all of this.  People have to find and look for the information. It can be found in several places.  I know there is an archive at Leed's University for Phil Taylor's links, and there are many.  BUT, I think this is a very good subject to teach.  I want to teach it in small communities and small community groups, and when I say teach, I want to teach people to recognize it and possibly keep it out of their community (however limited that is).  I would like to teach this via participatory action research.  Is this something that may be of interest?  The catch/trick would be to get funding from somewhere or take donations in community or elsewhere, but essentially the community members involved would be co-researchers for each project.  I do think it is possible to do this.

A radio show may also be a good idea, too (I am going to revive my Internet radio web site soon, and that may be an option, but that is another conversation.).

Having said all that, I know there is much more I can and need to learn.  

Again, apologies for such a long response.  
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Brandi Pratt

Developmental  - 
An important factor in growth and development. Similar to food, water and air, the human touch is another one of basic needs as we have a constant desire to be connect with others. this is a life long trait and this originates...
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Discussion of research and teaching in social psychology. Posts will be deleted if they include profanity or offensive views, if they are commercial in nature, or if they are not clearly related to social psychology. Short link to this page:
Conflicts can involve different nations and religions, different races and classes. Some of them seem intractable: the tensions and hatred seem depressingly permanent. But there are a number of social psychologists who have been studying how prejudice and distrust between groups can be overcome.
Can psychological theories about how to overcome prejudice and distrust between groups help the pursuit of peace?
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Freed Thinker

Research Methodology  - 
In science more specifically "quantum " physics there  is a saying that roughly says " An observer by the very means of their observation interfere with the object of the experiment. 
This illustrates well why i believe this applies  when humans are being observed through controlled studies where a group of people are being interviewed.
People knowing they are being interviewed will give a biased answers based on what they think they are supposed to say.
It has always been my contention that best way to understand human nature is "go under cover" To mingle but not be conspicuous.
Go to social gatherings. Let the "unaware" ask and discuss the important topics. Blend in be part of the crowd. Human beings only act natural in natural settings. People tend to act differently in different social settings. As long as people are not aware that  they are being observed they will behave in way that is natural for them.
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This is so true!
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Why you shouldn't say stuff like this to someone with depression #mentalhealth #depression #mentalillness
Whenever a friend musters up enough courage to tell you that they have depression DO NOT talk to them like they had a bad day at school...
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laurie corzett

Research Methodology  - 
"At Abt Associates we assemble data into something called the National Corrections Reporting Program. It records prison terms for offenders across almost all of the states. For a large number of states, that data goes back to 2000. So we can observe when somebody enters and when somebody exits prison, and that allows us to look at individual offenders and say, “Given that they’ve been incarcerated at least once, how frequently do they come back?” So you’re looking at a large number of offenders, over a nearly 15-year period, and what you find is that most of those offenders do not come back. They’re incarcerated, they serve their term, they don’t return."
One of the most frequently cited and dispiriting statistics about the American criminal justice system is that 68 percent of state prisoners end up back be
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Magda Kay

General  - 
The difference between a hobby and a business is whether you can make a living from it. Here are the essential aspects of building a dream business that makes you money.
Are you tired of your boring 9 to 5 job? Are you ready to change careers and do what you love for a living? I made such a decision
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Watch Dog
#FiveSelves #phobia
Phobia is embarrassing. An extreme fear of things others may even find pleasurable, a disproportionate horror of the most ridiculous things – water, people, closed places, open places, animals, noises. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, treated a patient who “loves darkness as life and cannot endure the light”; today it would have been probably diagnosed as social phobia. 

To me, phobia is a physical malfunction, yet another flaw of the human body; and it should be treated as such. 

David, the protagonist of ‘Watch Dog’, is terribly afraid of dogs. This phobia distorts both his personal and professional life. The story traces the development of his fear and his route to overcoming it:  a rational examination – not of the danger, but of fear itself. 

‘Watch Dog’ is the fourth novella in Five Selves, published by Holland House Books.

A Publishers Weekly Starred Review:
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"It may feel as though contemporary feminists are always talking about the power imbalances related to sex, thanks to the recently robust and radical campus campaigns against rape and sexual assault. But contemporary feminism’s shortcomings may lie in not its over­radicalization but rather its under­radicalization. Because, outside of sexual assault, there is little critique of sex. Young feminists have adopted an exuberant, raunchy, confident, righteously unapologetic, slut-walking ideology that sees sex — as long as it’s consensual — as an expression of feminist liberation. The result is a neatly halved sexual universe, in which there is either assault or there is sex positivity. Which means a vast expanse of bad sex — joyless, exploitative encounters that reflect a persistently sexist culture and can be hard to acknowledge without sounding prudish — has gone largely uninterrogated, leaving some young women wondering why they feel so fucked by fucking."
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This is very important. Thank you for posting. I will repost this elsewhere tomorrow.
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Steven Woollaston

Online Research Studies  - 
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Mark Rubin

Health  - 
Social class differences in mental health: Do parenting style and friendship play a role? My recent research suggests that they do!
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