Psychology Update — Debate Rages After Woman Told to Remove ‘Distressing’ Spider Jewelry Over Worker’s Fears

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TITLE Debate Rages After Woman Told to Remove ‘Distressing’ Spider Jewelry Over Worker’s Fears   DESCRIPTION While this may seem like a silly article and a fun read, it illustrates the problems of those with intense fears and/or phobias which in this case is arachnophobia.  A worker wearing a piece of costume jewelry in the… Read more »

Psychology Update — Got Arachnophobia? There’s an App for That

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TITLE Got Arachnophobia? There’s an App for That Smartphone app helps fearful individuals overcome phobia of spiders   DESCRIPTION What a fascinating article!  This research into arachnophobia illustrates the use of augmented reality technology and combines it with exposure therapy used for desensitization of phobias:  “Now there’s an app for that. Researchers at the University… Read more »

Psychology App of the Week — Phobys

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PSYCHOLOGY APP OF THE WEEK TITLE Phobys     URL       iOS:   https://apps.apple.com/us/app/phobys/id1527481614   Android:   https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Unibas.Phobys   DESCRIPTION (from the website:  https://www.phobys.com) What is Phobys and what can it be used for? Phobys is an augmented reality (AR) app to reduce fear of spiders by a training program with a realistic… Read more »

Psychology Update — Why Are Dogs Afraid of Fireworks?

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TITLE Why Are Dogs Afraid of Fireworks? Why Fireworks Scare Some Dogs but Not Others   DESCRIPTION What a fascinating article about animal behavior!!! The article describes the reactions of dogs to loud sounds (thunderstorms as well as fireworks).   The article describes the different reasons that some dogs are more sensitive than others.  “Dogs… Read more »

Psychology Update — Albert Bandura, Leading Psychologist of Aggression, Dies at 95

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TITLE Albert Bandura, Leading Psychologist of Aggression, Dies at 95   DESCRIPTION Perhaps one of the most famous Psychologists of the 20th century, Albert Bandura paved a new road in our understanding of human behavior through his most famous experiment about which every Psychology learns in the introductory course.  “He was most known for his… Read more »

Psychology Update — 3 SPECIAL ARTICLES ABOUT ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

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3 SPECIAL ARTICLES ABOUT ANIMAL BEHAVIOR ARTICLE #1 TITLE A Dog’s View of Optical Illusions Researchers are using visual tricks to try to better understand canine perception.   DESCRIPTION This is a fascinating article for many reasons.   Aside from the researchers curiosity, the idea of studying dogs and optical illusions give us more information… Read more »

Psychology Update — 21 Animals That Are Way Smarter Than You Thought

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TITLE 21 Animals That Are Way Smarter Than You Thought   DESCRIPTION The past definitions of Psychology included the study of animal behavior.  The magazine Psychology Today lists reasons as “the study of animal behavior is a cornerstone of psychology for several reasons. Ethology, or the study of animals in their natural habitats, sheds light… Read more »

Psychology Update — A fear of needles or injections may keep some from COVID-19 vaccine

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TITLE A fear of needles or injections may keep some from COVID-19 vaccine. This treatment can help.   DESCRIPTION Sorry for being anecdotal:  my dear friend has a number of physical problems that require medical attention that usually begins with needed blood work. Also this friend will not get necessary vaccinations (flu, pneumonia, tetanus, and… Read more »

Psychology Update — How psychologists can help patients with injection fear

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TITLE How psychologists can help patients with injection fear   DESCRIPTION In this difficult time period of the Covid-19 pandemic, many people who would desire to be vaccinated find themselves being controlled by their phobias and injection fears.   Given the high stakes Psychologists need to step in and use empirically studied methods to help… Read more »