Psychology Today

Online ISSN: 0033-3107
"If you can't convince them, confuse them." Simply put, this is the advice that J. Scott Armstrong, a marketing professor at the Wharton School, coolly gives his fellow academics these days. It is based on his studies confirming what he calls the Dr. Fox hypothesis: "An unintelligible communication from a legitimate source in the recipient's area of expertise will increase the recipient's rating of the author's competence."
A pioneer in the field tries to close the communications gap between biofeedback and education by showing how the technology can help students stay alert, feel better and explore inner space. (Editor)
New approaches to assessing intelligence are discussed, as well as new intelligence tests. Among the developments are investigating neurometrics, adapting testing to the effects of technology on children, countering cultural bias, assessing social intelligence, focusing on aspects of cognitive styles, measuring learning potential, and using individualized testing. (MH)
A cross-cultural study of attitudes toward the understanding of law provides a framework for examining levels of moral development of all children. Tentative optimism about the future of society is expressed. (Author/JB)
Suggests that the environment outside the school is now capable of taking over many of the school's classical functions, while educational functions traditionally carried on outside the school are now largely missing. (JF)
Disasters have consistently captured human imagination. Throughout the Old Testament, the frequency with which disasters are central or incidental themes suggests that they have always been a familiar part of man's experience and they have been a rather constant setting for posing questions about man's existence and death. Today, an examination of the news media forces one to the conclusions that disasters continue to be worthy of attention. We accept this attention as natural, and perhaps it is, since disasters continue to provide the context in which significant human dramas are reveled. Disasters are perhaps one of the few situationsin which there is both the opportunity for the expression of heroism as well as for the ability to confront fear and suffering. And this is played out on a rather dramatic stage for the spectators to see. For those persons whose lives are characterized by the repetitiveness of day-to-day living, disasters provide a vicarious contact with these rather universal themes.
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David D. Burns
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