New research published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Social and Personal Relationships has investigated why some people might want to rekindle their past relationships after a break-up.
In two studies, Morgan Cope (Florida Atlantic University) and Brent Mattingly (Ursinus College) explored the effects on attachment style and self-concept on motivations to get back with ex-partners after a romantic relationship had ended. This is a particularly important topic given the number of relationships that fail, and the potential effects on mental health that can follow from such a change to a person’s life circumstances.
Attachment theory is widely studied in psychology…
The spring and summer of 2020 saw professors and lecturers spent spring and summer adapting their materials for online delivery after campuses closed their doors. After delivering courses like this for the past nine months, here are the three things that have really stuck out for me as an academic on the ground.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with almost every part of our lives.
Work schedules are disrupted. Friendships and relationships are strained. Politics is dominated by a single issue. But one aspect of society that policymakers seem to want to keep ‘as usual' is education.
Here in the UK, our Prime Minister has been steadfast from the beginning of the crisis — his priority is to keep people in education.
All people. Whether that means schools, colleges, or universities.
In practice this has been met with broad public support. People realize that education is a public good. Young people need…
Welcome to Open Psychological Science, and thank you for your interest in the initiative.
I have created Open Psychological Science to help us as psychological scientists to communicate our research openly, freely, and clearly to general public audiences. We are all conducting to taxpayer-funded research, and the least we can do is tell people about our findings.
However, we know that descriptions of our data are skewed by the ideological whims of the popular media. By taking control of the flow of information, we have an opportunity to communicate our findings in an open and transparent manner.
But perceptions tell a different story…
The representation of women and ethnic minorities in academia — particularly in science — is much debated. Whether it be in relation to hiring decisions, presence in top professorial roles, or citation rates, issues about minority representation are among the most hotly debated in all of higher education.
One particular topic to be debated is the disproportionate effect of harsh peer reviews on minority scholars. Essentially, when academics run studies, they write them up as papers and submit them to journals, who subsequently send them out to experts to anonymously review.
Every academic has…
It’s been nearly six months. Six months of barely seeing friends, hugging family, or mixing with colleagues in the office. Six months of social distancing, being suspicious of others, and trying to suppress any slight inkling of a cough in public.
While the early parts of the pandemic were accompanied by widespread lockdowns where we weren’t allowed to leave the house, after some time we were afforded more freedom… albeit with some caveats. Mask wearing, staying two meters apart, and not gathering in groups of more than two/four/six/eight* were commonplace.
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The most recent issue of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) flagship magazine, The Psychologist, was set to be a flagship moment in the Society’s handling of diversity issues. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, and set in the backdrop of several other high-profile cases of police brutality and racially-charged protests, the issue was designed to provide “space for constructive, evidence-based, psychological conversation” (according to the editorial by Dr. Jon Sutton, the managing editor of the magazine).
The humanistic notion of self-actualization is a cornerstone of psychological syllabi, and permeates into broader social discussions about the contribution of psychological theory to human flourishing. Almost all readers will see the words ‘self-actualization’ and immediately and instinctively recall Abraham Maslow’s pyramid — the hierarchy of needs — that we are taught as undergraduates. The model, as it is presented in the textbooks, suggests that we need to achieve particular clusters of human need (e.g., physiological needs, then safety, and then belonging) in a sequential manner, with the aim being to achieve a state of self-actualization.
Think about the following question: Are you addicted to your friends?
This might sound like a strange question, but this is a question that we asked — satirically, we should add — in a study that we released via a preprint yesterday.
The origins of this research reach back around 12–18 months, with a chance conversation about the classification of a range of behavioral ‘addictions’ including, among others, Facebook addiction, smartphone addiction, and (at the time, also satirically) selfie addiction. …
I’ve been blogging on Medium (on and off) for around a year, and it’s having some unexpected benefits in my professional life.
When I’m not writing here I’m typically doing my day job. I’m an academic psychologist, teaching and working in the UK.
September-December is my really busy time, when 70% of my teaching is timetabled. The other 30% takes place between January-May, followed by an intense marking period, and the inevitable admin associated with a minority of unhappy students discontent with their outcomes, and grade moderation. …
Social psychologist and researcher interested in sexuality and political issues. Posts about psychology, science, and education. Twitter: @CraigHarper19