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The All About Psychology Newsletter, Issue 2
October 23, 2008

A very warm welcome to the second issue of the All About Psychology Newsletter.

In This Edition

  • What's New
  • Halloween Special: The Psychology of Fear
  • In The News
  • Too Good To Miss
  • And Finally

  • This section of the newsletter showcases the most recent additions to the All About Psychology Website.

    Psychology Software

    New page showcasing the very best software tools designed for psychologists, psychology students, researchers and tutors.

    For each psychology application featured, a brief description of the software is given along with a link to the application itself.

    Visit The Psychology Sofware Page

    A Level Psychology

    Page directed towards those studying pre undergraduate psychology i.e. A level psychology, AS level psychology and A2 level psychology. However, the links and resources showcased will be of interest to anybody wanting to discover more about psychology.

    Visit The A Level Psychology Page

    Psychology Movies

    The psychology movies page is designed to explore the different levels at which psychology in movies has been examined, researched and discussed.

    Check Out The Psychology Movies Page

    Psychology Fiction

    Having added a psychology movies page to the website, it seemed logical to also examine psychology fiction within books and literature.

    Go To The Psychology Fiction Page

    Military Psychology

    The latest edition to the types of psychology collection.

    March Over To The Military Psychology Page

    Keep Up-To-Date

    I will be using twitter to let people know about all the latest updates on the All About Psychology Website.

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    With Halloween upon us I thought it would be appropriate to do a special item on the psychology of fear and where better to start than with one of the most in(famous) psychology studies ever conducted "The Case of Little Albert".

    In 1920 John B. Watson (Founder of Behaviorism) and Rosalie Rayner attempted to show how fear could be induced in an infant through classical conditioning.

    Click Here to watch a short video which includes original footage of the Little Albert study.

    Watson and Rayner published the results of their research in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. You can read the study in full by Clicking Here.

    Zombies: Fear Through The Power of Suggestion

    The following video link features the psychological illusionist Derren Brown who exploits the power of suggestion to a very frightening and disturbing effect. Please note that this video contains very strong language.

    Don't think this one would get clearance from the psychology experiments ethics committee!

    Click Here To Watch The Video.

    Hold the front page; this section of the newsletter documents any interesting psychology stories out there in the real world.

    Fearing Fear Perpetuates Fear

    Keeping the fear theme going this very interesting report by Alison Flowers from Northwestern University’s Medill school examines the issue of control within perceptions of fear.

    Read News Item in Full

    Does Jealousy Begin in The Cradle?

    News article based on research by Maria Legerstee, a psychology professor who specializes in infancy and theory of the mind. Provokes some interesting comments.

    Read News Item in Full

    Scientists Create The Most Relaxing Room in The World

    Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has constructed a large-scale multi-media space designed to calm even the most stressed out of minds.

    Read News Item in Full

    The Psych Files

    The Psych Files is an excellent podcast hosted by psychologist Michael Britt who addresses a wide range of psychological issues in a fresh, engaging and highly accessible manner.

    One of the episodes that I strongly recommend you check out is entitled "The Little Albert Study: What You Know is Mostly Wrong." Not only should this be compulsory listening for anybody studying introductory psychology but having mentioned Little Albert earlier it also rounds off this edition of the newletter perfectly.

    Episode Description

    Think you know a lot about the little Albert experiment conducted by John Watson? Well, guess what - you’d be surprised at how much of the story is simply not true. If you’re wondering whatever happened to little Albert, whether the little Albert study created a lasting phobia in a small boy, or even what place this story has in the history of behaviorism, then I suggest you take a listen to this episode of The Psych Files and get the facts on this fascinating part of psychology’s history.

    Click Here to listen to the podcast and access resource material relating to the Little Albert study.

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    Food For Thought

    "What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope." (Publilius Syrus)

    For reading the All About Psychology Newsletter.

    Until next time.

    All the very best

    Dave Webb BSc (hons), MSc

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