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Friday, September 30th, 2011
2:50 pm
Hi everyone! 

I'm a psychologist from Russia and now I am doing research work about attributive processes in conformal behavior. Could you recommend me articles, experiments and suchlike about attributive processes or conformal behavior or all together, that have been written outside Russia for the last ten years?

Thank you in advance:)
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
8:14 pm
New web-portal - Russian psychology in English

Dear colleagues,

we welcome Psyjournals.ruyou to the new web-portal on psychology –

PsyJournals.ru is aimed to provide conditions for fruitful communication between psychologists in Russia and abroad. The journals archives are generally based on publications of Moscow City University of Pedagogy and Psychology (MSUPE), the Centre for development of innovative programs in psychological education and practice. Read more >>>

 The core part of PsyJournals.ru is constituted with full-text digital archives of psychological journals:

Psychological Science and Education >>>

Experimental Psychology >>>

Also you will find free reviews and translations from Russian into English, information on Russian and international psychological events and much more.

Probably, the most interesting journal for you is Cultural-Historical Psychology.
The main goal of the journal is to preserve, develop, and pass down the glorious traditions of the scientific school of L.S. Vygotsky and of his disciples (A.R. Luria, A.N. Leontyev, L.I. Bozhovich, A.V. Zaporozhets, D.B. Elkonin, P.Ya. Galperin, V.V. Davydov, B.V. Zeigarnik and others).  
The journal focuses on problematic issues in cultural-historical psychology as well as on cultural-historical and interdisciplinary researches.
Sunday, September 21st, 2008
12:18 am
Liberal and Conservative Elitists
I am working on my Masters' project and am currently exploring what comes to people's minds when they think of the stereotypes of the elitist liberal and elitist conservative. If you could list a few of the first thoughts that come to mind when you think of either/both of those stereotypes, I'd be grateful. Also, please indicate where you fall on the political orientation spectrum (i.e. left-right).

Thank you!
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
3:39 pm
Emotion Primes
I am looking into the use of recall of past emotinoal episodes to prime affective states, i .e "Think of a time in your life that made you very angry, and describe it in detail"

Can anyone refer me to a journal article or other reference which outlines a more detailed script and protocal for how to do this? Or, if you've done this before, would you mind sending me your materials and letting me know where you got them from?
Sunday, January 20th, 2008
3:30 pm
Norbert Schwarz a la Affect as information
If you could ask Norbert Schwarz one question, what would it be?

He is coming to do a talk/luncheon at my university.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
10:46 am
Attitudes Toward Climate Change
Why do you think climate change has become a political issue? Psychologically speaking, what do you think makes people care about the climate change issue so much (regardless of whether they are staunch believers in it or non-believers)?
Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
7:34 pm
VEWRS & AVEWRS - A Sociological & Phenomenological Research Study

If the research study located at the web site listed below personally resonates with you or you wish to be a part of a control group (those who do not personally identify with the focus groups or phenomena outlined in this study), please take a moment over the next few hours or days to sit down and complete the VEWRS and AVEWRS research surveys and submit to us via e-mail.  These surveys cover a diversity of topics including but not limited to:  psychic and sanguinarian vampirism, energy work and manipulation, paranormal activities, psi-related experiences, magick, occult, spirituality, therianthropy, otherkin, and awakenings (you do NOT have to identify with modern vampirism to participate in this study).  Any information contained within the surveys that aren’t applicable feel free to choose “Not Applicable” or leave blank when this choice is not given.  The AVEWRS (Part 2) covers the topics outlined above in considerable more detail than the VEWRS (Part 1), therefore, if possible please complete both surveys (in order); submitting individually as they are completed.  If you have any questions (please read the FAQ first) we’re available to answer them via the e-mail address given below.  We thank you for your participation and support of this important research study!

Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS)
A Detailed Sociological & Phenomenological Examination Of
The Real Vampire & Energy Worker Community
With Secondary Focus On Therianthropy, Otherkin,
& "Awakened" Individuals



VEWRS & AVEWRS Research Study Duration & Response Statistics:
VEWRS = 589 Days  ||  AVEWRS = 457 Days  ||  Combined Response Total:  925+

Background On Study: 

VEWRS & AVEWRS FAQ: http://www.suscitatio.com/research/faq.html

This study is a mixed methodological study of specific subcultural social group(s) (or independents) linked by an association with specific reported phenomena and is directed towards both an online and offline audience via quantitative and qualitative dual anonymous surveys. For the detailed purpose, definition and precedent background, ethical and privacy procedures, and all other information regarding this privately funded study please refer to the surveys themselves or the web site listed above.

Focus Group:  Those who identify themselves as practitioners of modern psychic (psi) or sanguinarian (blood) vampi(y)rism with a joint focus on energy workers or practitioners (psions, energetic healers, or others who manipulate psi/pranic energy).  Additionally those who identify with therianthropy, otherkin, and as being "awakened" individuals are sub-branched in the overall classification.

Format:  Two surveys (both structured to be independent or linked with one another, with first being an introductory examination and the second an advanced examination), anonymous participation requirement, embedded random+intentional response indicators, available in MSWord, HTML Text Format, or Printed Distributed Format.  VEWRS (Survey 1) = Questions 1 - 379 (11 Categories); AVEWRS (Survey 2) = Questions 380 - 988 (5 Categories)

Analysis:  SPSS w/Correlative Analysis, AMOS / Comparisons Of Qualitative Responses In Applicable Sections (Micro-Essays); Resulting Format = Book Publication(s) & Papers

Download VEWRS & AVEWRS Research Surveys:  http://www.suscitatio.com
E-Mail Completed Submissions (By 10.31.07) To:  response@suscitatio.com

Statistical & Analysis Updates:  http://www.suscitatio.com
Correspondence Or Inquiry:  research@suscitatio.com


Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
5:27 pm
Article Reactions
Hey everyone. This is my first week of grad school, woooo! Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I have a question.

Lets say I want to lookup people's reactions to a specific journal article, what is an efficient way in going about that?

So far I have used google scholar to track the article and find the many many citations it has generated. I plan on seeing how the citers refer to the cited in their own studies, but really I'm looking for a pure commentary on the article itself. Are there any resources devoted to this? It is a JPSP article with 495 citations so I'm sure theres got to be something out there. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Friday, July 20th, 2007
6:29 pm
Please take my survey on wellness!
I need to get as many people as possible to take this survey for the research methods course I am currently taking. The study I am conducting is researching the relationship between Age and Overall Wellness. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.Take SurveyCollapse )
Thursday, May 10th, 2007
10:32 am
Research Interests
What are some of your research interests in this community?

For me, I find the existential function of groups absolutely fascinating. In particular, I apply assorted experimental existential paradigms to reveal anxiety-buffering effects of group membership and perceived group boundaries. Somewhat tangentially, I've also been becoming increasingly interested in evil and how that term is used politically.
Monday, April 16th, 2007
1:39 am
Unconventional Thinking
I am currently working on a third study that aims to further establish validity of a scale that I have developed which assesses individuals' propensities to believe in unconventional ideas (e.g., conspiracies and the paranormal). I am considering adding another dimension to this validation package that compares people's scores on my scale to their tendency to hold mainstream beliefs or maybe conform to mainstream beliefs. Off the tops of anyone's head, does anyone know of any good scales that measure conformity in thought? Does anyone have any recommendations of other constructs that I should explore in relation to belief in the unconventional? In the first two studies, I have establishing convergent validity with the most widely-used paranormal beliefs scale (Tobacyk & Milford, 1983) and construct validity with some scales assessing personality disorder traits (e.g., Coolidge Axis Two Inventory) and Karen Horney's trait types (e.g., Horney-Coolidge Type Indicator).

I am considering throwing in a measure of locus of control, too, considering that much of the research is unclear about how it relates to paranormal thinking.

Any suggestions?

Current Mood: contemplative
1:30 am
Rocky Mountain Psych Association Annual Conference
Did anyone attend the RMPA conference this past weekend? There were some great speakers including Tom Pyszczynski, C. Daniel Batson, David Myers, and Bill McKeachie (David Kenny was supposed to be there but had travel problems).

What are people's thoughts on Batson's theory of moral hypocrisy? Does anyone have any ideas as to why he has been unable to find people who use principalism in decision-making in place of egoism, altruism, or more recently, moral hypocrisy?

His paradigm for assessing these ideas is really very clever. He tells participants to assign themselves to a condition and assign another person (who unbeknownst to them does not exist) to another condition. One of those conditions is positive and the other is either neutral or negative, depending on the study. He also offers them a coin for which they can use to decide who is assigned to which condition. Participants who use the coin and those who do not assign themselves to the positive condition equally often, about 90% of the time (which is significantly greater than the 50% that the coin should dictate). Participants also rate their actions as more moral when flipping the coin, even if it involves tampering with (rigging) the outcome.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
9:37 am
Who lies more: men or women?
Today's post on The Difference Blog is about lying, and the neural and social patterns associated with the activity of deception. Few gender differences have been demonstrated on this subject, but despite this, the myth that women lie more remains. If you're aware of any studies demonstrating a pattern in lying behavior between men and women, I'd love to hear about it.

differenceblog is a daily feature on the study of gender differences.
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
11:40 pm
Zimbardo on a media tear...
Recently Zimbardo has been on NPR (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1870756) and on the Daily Show.

I think he got a bit wishy-washy on NPR, but he did very well on the Daily Show. Has anyone read the Lucifer Effect yet? Any thoughts? Comments?
Sunday, March 4th, 2007
10:02 pm
In the persuasion social psychology literature, authority is often talked about as a decision making heuristic (example: "hey, that guy has glasses, a lab coat, and a clipboard and is usually really big, technical sounding words, he definitely must know what he's talking about, and his product must be good...").

But does anyone know of any scholarly work that talks about the authority figure in more detail, specifically in the context of using the authority heuristic as a persuasion tool? Of course I'll be looking through psycinfo and other such journal databases, but does anyone know of any specific books, papers, authors off the top of their head that might be useful? (Empirical and theoretical works would be lovely, but no personal, untested theories/opinions please.) Thanks.



Current Mood: working
Monday, February 12th, 2007
1:36 am
Suppressor Variables
I've recently become fascinated by suppressor variables and a couple of interesting ones have appeared in some of my recent studies.

The most common one I've seen in the literature is that of right-wing authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism in predictive models of prejudice (most often two different types: anti-gay and anti-black). In this subset of the literature, we see a shift from the normally positively correlation between religious fundamentalism and prejudice. However, when controlling for right-wing authoritarianism (which gobbles up much of the unique variance), religious fundamentalism oftens becomes negatively related (or sometimes not significantly related) with anti-black prejudice but not anti-gay prejudice.

What other interesting suppressors have you come across in your research?
Friday, February 2nd, 2007
10:50 am
Why I Became A Social Psychologist
Why did I become a social psychologist?
(Compiled from various sources -- graduate students, post-docs, Dialogue, etc.)

"A very attractive women made many very persuasive arguments" -- Rich Petty

"The experimenter made me do it" -- Stanley Milgram

"It provided meaning and value to my existence and only this was able to prevent me from quivering like a blob of protoplasm at the grim specter of my death" -- Greenberg, Pyszczynski & Solomon.

"Everyone strongly advised me to do otherwise" -- Jack Brehm

"Everyone else did" -- Solomon Asch

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Current Mood: amused
Sunday, January 28th, 2007
10:53 pm
Red Shift or Worldview Defense?
In the years since 9/11, a debate has emerged between some prominent social psychologists--most notably between John Jost and Jeff Greenberg, Tom Pyszczynski, and Sheldon Solomon. An article touching upon this debate was in last month's issue of Psychology Today (a magazine I don't normally read, but was handed a copy of this article because of its relevance to me).

The Ideological Animal

University of Arizona psychologist Jeff Greenberg argues that some ideological shifts can be explained by terror management theory (TMT), which holds that heightened fear of death motivates people to defend their world views. TMT predicts that images like the destruction of the World Trade Center should make liberals more liberal and conservatives more conservative. "In the United States, political conservatism does seem to be the preferred ideology when people are feeling insecure," concedes Greenberg. "But in China or another communist country, reminding people of their own mortality would lead them to cling more tightly to communism."

Jost believes it's more complex. After all, Cinnamon Stillwell and others in the 911 Neocons didn't become more liberal. Like so many other Democrats after 9/11, they made a hard right turn. The reason thoughts of death make people more conservative, Jost says, is that they awaken a deep desire to see the world as fair and just, to believe that people get what they deserve, and to accept the existing social order as valid, rather than in need of change. When these natural desires are primed by thoughts of death and a barrage of mortal fear, people gravitate toward conservatism because it's more certain about the answers it provides—right vs. wrong, good vs. evil, us vs. them—and because conservative leaders are more likely to advocate a return to traditional values, allowing people to stick with what's familiar and known. "Conservatism is a more black and white ideology than liberalism," explains Jost. "It emphasizes tradition and authority, which are reassuring during periods of threat."


The full article is located here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/index.php?term=pto-20061222-000001&page=1

Where do you fall in this debate? When threatened, do people become more conservative, as Jost says? Or do people simply cling more strongly to their culture and their worldviews? This article seems clear in its bias, but the peer-reviewed research is appropriately more dubious and skeptical.

Current Mood: contemplative
6:36 pm
Implicit Measures
What are your thoughts on implicit measures (e.g. Implicit Attitudes test; Greenwald, 1998)? Some suggest these measures assess personal beliefs, while others claim these types of instruments determine societal expectations. 

I have pondered the ambiguity of the IAT these past few months and I recently read a couple of articles that brought it to the forefront of my mind. From a System Justification Theory perspective, oppressed groups generally act in ways that maintain that status quo (or the "system" accordng to Jost and Banaji). However, in the United States, African Americans, by and large, occupy a disadvantaged minority role and do not justify the system. Rather, as a political voting bloc, they tend to be quite liberal which is in contradistinction to Jost's claims. However, Jost argues that while they may be more politically liberal, their scores on the IAT suggest they hold system justifying outgroup favoritism of Whites in America.

What do you think?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, January 21st, 2007
5:26 pm
Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill
Has anyone read Jessica Stern's Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill? Some of my current projects involve intergroup relations and religion, and this book has been amazingly interesting to me thus far. In it, she interviews all kinds of religious extremists around the world and draws some great conclusions about humanity. For anyone with interests in the subject matter, I recommend checking it out.

Current Mood: contemplative
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