Category Archives: Cognitive Psychology

12 Common Irrational Beliefs

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Dr. Albert Ellis was a practitioner of rational emotive behavior therapy. During his time as a therapist, he identified 12 irrational beliefs that many people have. Continue reading

Moderate Levels of Stress Enhance Learning, While High Levels of Stress Impair Learning

Stress does not always block learning.

A number of studies have examined how stress affects learning and memory, but the literature has shown mixed results.
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Why Should I Forgive? Forgiveness Helps You Forget and Move On

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Why should you forgive someone for being unfair? In fact, research shows that forgiveness can enhance psychological well-being, physiological health, and spiritual well-being Continue reading

4 Ways Mindfulness Meditation Improves Well-Being

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Mindfulness training develops our ability to stay focused in the here and now.

This post describes four main components through which mindfulness meditation works. If you ever wondered why mindfulness is so effective in improving personal well-being, you might want to continue your reading. Continue reading

Even A Fish Can Learn (Aquarium Experiment of Classical Conditioning)

This short video shows how my aquarium fish learned to associate food with the sound of a feeder through classical conditioning. Continue reading

Does Confidence in Your Memory Mean That You Are Correct?

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The accuracy of an eyewitness’ memory is open to question. 

Confidence in one’s memory is generally believed to be a sign of memory accuracy, but this is not always the case. Some studies have shown a high correlation between confidence and accuracy, while others have shown little to no correlation. Continue reading

15 Cognitive Biases that Prevent Us From Thinking Rationally

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When we make decisions or judgments, we often use mental shortcuts. The purpose of mental shortcuts is to ease the “cognitive load” of making decisions.

Mental shortcuts are helpful because they allow us to make quick decisions, but sometimes they result in “thinking errors” or so-called cognitive biases. We should be aware of these biases because they prevent us from thinking rationally.

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Do You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset? Begin to Focus on Growth and Achieve Success

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All organisms have the potential to grow and develop, but people may have learned not to.

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