Once you have taken the survey below and discovered your personal character strengths watch the clip to find out more about them...This is all connected to the 'positive psychology' movement which focuses on how to live to your full potential and make the most of life.
Take the online test below to find out about your personal strengths.
Do you believe these kind of online quizzes can tell us things about ourselves?
How does this test differ from personality tests you may have taken before?
Do you think the results would be similar if you took this again in 6 months time?
OK, I know this is a long clip but Jon Oliver does a great job of slating all those bogus studies that have poeple believing that cheese both causes and cures cancer. In the process he very eloquently and comically goes through the scientific process. What should science be? What does good (and very very bad) science look like? And since Psychology aspires to scientific credibility all these things are improtant to consider. The stuff in here is the kind of stuff you should be thinking about for inclusion in the discussion section of your experiment report write ups.
Very funny. Watch it all!
Modern brain surgery often requires that the patient stays awake and talking throughout the operation. This helps the surgeon to be sure they aren't cutting into areas which are used in functions such as speech. If the guy starts slurring they know to move away and avoid that area. Can you imagine!
Here's an interesting article about the causes of addiction from the Huffington Post.
Which approach does this most closely align with?
Do you agree with the arguments?
What are the implications for treating addictions?
In our Sports Psychology unit, Level 2 students have been looking at motivation - what makes people do anything? Intrinsic motivation refers to things that make sus feel good - pride, new accomplishments and a sense of achievement or just fun! Extrinsic motivation refers to rewards or prizes external to the individual - trophies, NCEA credits, money! We participated in a treasure hunt around school. Initially we thought this was just for fun. When the rules changed halfway through the game and rewards were introduced - were we more or less motivated to complete the task? Does everybody feel the same? Motivators vary between individuals and tasks. What motivates you?
Scientists have long known that dopamine influences the rewards felt when drinking alcohol. Now a specific gene that influences alcoholism may have been identified. Read the full article at IFL Science here.
Mrs C and Mrs B
Psychology doesn't just happen in classrooms! Look at what's been going on in the real world.....