Essena O'Neill, the former teen Instagram model made the decision to quit Instagram after growing disillusioned and unhappy with the staged nature of her social media presence. Before deleting her Instagram account, Essena recaptioned all of her photographs to reflect her true experiences when they were taken and posted.
Recent research has documented how technology, and social networking sites in particular, have given rise to a growing obsession with impression management and self-presentation online. This raises an important question: Are our relationships with social media healthy?
Chronic inflammation has been linked with many physical health issues, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Interestingly, the impact of inflammation isn’t limited to physical health issues.
Mythbusters in psychology
You have a test this week, so you lay out your set of highlighters, open your textbook (for what may be the first time), and embark on your mission to know every important detail for your test. This is a common experience and everyone seems to think that highlighting ‘key points’ in the text is essential to studying, but is it really as helpful as we think it is?
Somewhere along the way, we all started believing that if we want to come off as intelligent, we need to use big and flowerly language, and use it often. However, psychological research has investigated this assumption, and the results are surprising.
Up there with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the ever-popular Learning Styles assessment. Such assessments are meant to measure which "way" we learn information best (e.g. visual, audio, etc.). Results indicate what type of learner you are, but what does empirical research have to say about learning styles?
psychology and film
Ever felt “positively punished” when your dog-trainer or psychologist inundate you with these lingo?
Jean Piaget (1896-1980) was a Swiss developmental psychologist. While he made many contributions to the field, his most notable is his systematic study of cognitive development.
This post is part of our ongoing series exploring classic experiments and theories in the history of psychological research.