Tea Break Psychology- 4 Change Blindness

On the go or short of time…but want a little Psychology in your day…..? Welcome to the latest feature on the blog tea break Psychology, quick, easy little snippets of thought provoking information to mull over with a cuppa and a biscuit.

Selective attention enables us to focus ourselves on whatever task we are doing with a single miarticle-0-0C98C05C000005DC-927_468x380ndedness allowing people to produce great feats of creativity and dedication to whatever the mind is set to. But what are the side effects? It goes without sating that if you are so preoccupied with one thing you may miss another. There are various examples of this used in Psychology, for example research into ‘Weapon focus‘ in Forensic Psychology as recall of the features of the individual wielding the weapon are impede rather the witness focusses their attention on the weapon itself  However you don’t need to go to those lengths to experience ‘attentional narrowing’  ….here are a few of the favourites. (We’ll give the basketball players a break)

Count the black squares; http://feross.org/hacks/selective-attention-test/

A video explaining the psychology with a real world example;

Sometimes the peripheral information actual distorts that which we are seeing….or more accurately our mind dictates what we perceive…just like ‘the dress‘ and the chessboard…the chess pieces here are exactly the same.  (You will have to take my word for it as you can never unsee it it!)

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Tea-break Psychology 3 – Projective Tests

On the go or short of time…but want a little Psychology in your day…..? Welcome to the latest feature on the blog tea break Psychology, quick, easy little snippets of thought provoking information to mull over with a cuppa and a biscuit.

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Projective tests

with a strong psychodynamic basis projection is the process of respond to ambiguous stimuli, presumably revealing hidden emotions and internal conflicts projected by the person into the test. Here are some different types used over the years in Psychology. Pretty much are all now confined to the history books due to considerable issues with reliability and validity. Let us start with the most well known, the Rorschach test.

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Giant beaver on a motorbike?

Thematic Apperception Test

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Man with worlds smallest watch has ankle tickled by wife?

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The Blacky Pictures

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Pavlov’s dog gets the Oedipus complex!

Others include……House-Tree-Person,  Word Association and Incomplete Sentences

Tea Break Psychology 2 -DSM-5

On the go or short of time…but want a little Psychology in your day…..?  Welcome to the latest feature on the blog tea break Psychology, quick, easy little snippets of thought provoking information to mull over with a cuppa and a biscuit.

A great podcast from BBC Radio 4 – ‘All in the mind‘ series (click on the RSS feed on the right of the page for more episodes) on a range of topics but initially discussing the validity of diagnosis of mental disorders centred around the publication DSM5.  It is interesting to note the DSM is now an app for download…(it costs over £50 so angry birds stella pop probably has nothing to fear….)

Read the latest posting on the history of the questioning of the validity of the Psychiatric process in the US here.

Listen to the podcast here

Read a publication of the key changes between DSM IV and 5 here

An open letter from the BPS to the APA in regards to the classification system 

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