Gerrig is a professor of psychology at Stony Brook University. Before joining the Stony Brook faculty, Gerrig taught at Yale University, where he was awarded the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences. One line of work examines the mental processes that underlie efficient communication. A second research program considers the cognitive and emotional changes readers experience when they are transported to the worlds of stories.

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Why yes. Yes I did. A "frame" is the way we describe our choices to ourselves; it affects how a decision is made and which option is ultimately exercised. Probably not so much. Framing, folks. This stuff is important. This impressive-sounding acronym refers the the tendency to blame or credit people for their actions before acknowledging the environment in which they act Ross A lot of conservatives are patently guilty of this: assuming that inner city youths should just get a library card and stay in school.

No, I am not making this up. Do you think people are capable of changing their most basic personal qualities? Psychologists refer to "entity theory" and "incremental theory" Beer, ; Plaks et al. The perspective that resonates with you likely describes how your own brain operates, and thus acts as a proxy for your own psychological flexibility.

When I read this section, I actually laughed out loud; it encapsulates my daily frustrations so perfectly that the words practically jumped off the pate and slapped me in the face. According to research Parker et al. Maximizers want to get the best deal.

They take longer to make daily decisions. They make more money because they generally hold out for, and take the necessary steps to achieve, higher-paying positions. They are generally more stressed, tired, anxious and overwhelmed than their counterparts; sacrificers are the exact opposite. Kevin was a happy, healthy sacrificer before I got to him.

Babe, I am so sorry. Writing out your anxious feelings—about a test, a job interview, anything—allows your brain to dump all that stuff before the big day.

This is known as the "testing effect". People who took tests, as compared with a group that studied twice as long, showed better long-term retention. Another cool concept is retrieval practice: repeatedly studying and then attempting to recall the information. When people struggle to make ends meet, they often report low levels of life satisfaction and happiness Diener et al. Additional income does correlate with increased happiness, but only to a point.

Asch showed that people "went with the crowd" and made incorrect choices on simple observational tests; they believed other people before they believed their own eyes!

That made me a bit displeased. On the positive side, I took some killer notes. Looking forward to putting this sucker on the shelf where it can look imposing and never picking it up again. I think the book did it justice.

I agree that I was displeased at not being able to access MyPsychLab, though. You kept saying the latter, so I double checked. Should be the former. Writers tried to classify our misunderstanding on psychology. It is just, and should be our every day life. But not a mystery subject. A statistical subject, though it has a history of no more than 50 years or so, psychology had form a system to explain how the world goes and why people live like this.

Besides, some experiences are interesting and the results do surprise us.


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Gerrig will be reviewing graduate student applications for the academic year. Current Research: Dr. Representative Publications: Mumper, M. Leisure reading and social abilities: A meta-analysis. Bezdek, M.


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