The Intellectual Wonderland of Dr. Alison Gopnik

Dr. Alison Gopnik is inspired by the scientific vision of young children. Without the preconceptions, the extensive set of cognitive heuristics, and the rigid approaches to problem-solving we adopt in adulthood, children see the world with a sense of exploration. Dr. Gopnik and her colleagues have shown young children to be incredible problem-solvers, creative theoreticians, … Continue reading The Intellectual Wonderland of Dr. Alison Gopnik

Dr. Michael Shermer Brings Science to the People

The goal of this Journey2Psychology project has been to capture conversations with influential Psychologists -- those who have contributed scholarship, ideas, and activities that have helped to develop the field as it currently stands. From that perspective Dr. Michael Shermer, Founder of Skeptic magazine, is both ideal and curious as an important part of this … Continue reading Dr. Michael Shermer Brings Science to the People

Side note: Journeys into the Real, the Unreal, and the Surreal

Over the past two weeks this Journey2Psychology has been in Southern California: moving from Santa Barbara into various parts of Los Angeles (the inland empire, the OC, Long Beach, Hollywood, Santa Monica), and onwards into San Diego.  It would be easy to spend months here, chronicling the tremendous and influential psychologists/behavioral scientists who were lured … Continue reading Side note: Journeys into the Real, the Unreal, and the Surreal

The Empowered Dr. Brenda Major

Themes from the personal to the political permeate the research of Dr. Brenda Major: from her groundbreaking work on issues of mental health and emotional responses to abortion, to her early research on gender and the psychology of non-reciprocal touch between people, to her more recent studies on stigma relating to ethnicity, culture, and body-weight. … Continue reading The Empowered Dr. Brenda Major

The Legend of Dr. Albert Bandura

Dr. Albert Bandura has been one of the foremost influential thinkers and researchers in Psychology since his career began in the mid-1950's. His work with Social Learning Theory, Social Cognitive Theory, Self-Efficacy, and the related clinical applications with Guided Mastery have been seminal to our understanding of everything from how people learn, to the Psychology … Continue reading The Legend of Dr. Albert Bandura

Dr. Laura Carstensen Across Time and Space

Dr. Laura Carstensen is an award-winning scientist at Stanford University who has spent her life's work on one of the defining issues of our era: older adulthood and developmental psychology in the second half of life. Even a cursory glance at population demographics will show the global increase in longevity and the growing size of our … Continue reading Dr. Laura Carstensen Across Time and Space

Dr. Anthony Jorm and a Quest for Global Literacy with Mental Health

Paraphrasing from Dr. Tony Jorm, I'll make a prediction. You know someone who is suffering from a mental illness. Each year close to 20% of adults will experience a mental health issue that might include anxiety, a drug problem, clinical depression, an eating disorder, schizophrenia, dementia -- and quite possibly more than one. Despite the widespread … Continue reading Dr. Anthony Jorm and a Quest for Global Literacy with Mental Health

A Few Short Stories of Dr. Michael Corballis

Dr. Mike Corballis met me on the tiny island of Waiheke, a short ferry ride from downtown Aukland. He is an Emeritus Professor and Inaugural Creativity Fellow at the University of Aukland in New Zealand where he has served since 1978. His research is far-reaching in scope, his publications are theoretically provocative and speak to … Continue reading A Few Short Stories of Dr. Michael Corballis