May 18, 2011 |
Why would a reputable website like Psychology Today post evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa's unfounded study, provocatively titled "Why Black Women Are Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women"? Was it simply "driving web traffic" psychology? It couldn't have been the soundness of the study, which basically asked random people to rate the attractiveness of other random people on a scale of 1 to 5. Was the subsequent conclusion - that black men are actually considered the most attractive - proof that Kanazawa, known for his controversial and questionable scientific conclusions, is not a racist?
April 27, 2011 |
Thomas Edison famously quipped that genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. A study this week suggests that perspiration is important not just for creating new inventions but for getting a good score on an IQ test. A team led by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth examined data collected from dozens of studies and concluded that test-takers who were motivated by money scored considerably better. The role of motivation was especially important at the lower end of the spectrum, where a financial incentive could raise IQ as much as 15 points.
March 18, 2011 |
A psychologist who said that a Philadelphia police officer beat him so badly last year that his eye socket was partially crushed has won a $285,000 settlement from the city, but questions about the case remain. Meanwhile, the officer, Eric Burke, is still on duty, a police spokesman said. The alleged beating of Anthony Abrams occurred March 8, 2010, at 5th and York streets, where Abrams said that he had gone to meet a client. Abrams said in a lawsuit filed in September that he was doing research for a federally funded study of addiction when a patient promised to meet him at 5th and York.
February 12, 2011 |
A psychologist will soon police all Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests and a new "delegate for investigations" will monitor sex-abuse allegations and shepherd them to civil authorities for action, changes Cardinal Justin Rigali announced yesterday in response to Thursday's priest indictments. Rigali also hired Mary Achilles, the state's first victim advocate, to advise him on how to best help victims of clergy sex abuse. Ironically, Achilles worked for the diocese in that capacity from 2006 through 2008, but the grand jury alleged that church officials ignored her initial strong recommendations.
January 30, 2011 |
Patricia McIntosh Bricklin, 78, of Wayne, a professor of psychology at Widener University for 20 years and a former radio and television personality, died of interstitial lung disease Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the Wayne Center nursing home. For four years in the 1960s, Dr. Bricklin and her husband, Barry, also a psychologist, hosted a WCAU-AM show that was one of the first call-in programs dealing with psychology, her husband said. The couple also hosted a program on Channel 29 from 1969 to 1970 and were frequent guests in the early 1970s on the Channel 10 program Betty Hughes and Friends . From 1976 to 1981, they hosted a weekly program, Pinpoint Psychology , on WCAU-FM.
November 23, 2010 |
Stephen C. Luce, 60, a former behavioral psychologist with a Chester County nonprofit firm that treats neurological and developmental disorders, died of colon cancer Friday, Nov. 19, at his home in Berwyn. From 2001 to 2009, he was vice president for clinical programs, training, and research at Melmark in Berwyn. And, daughter Kirsten said, since 2008 he had been codirector of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Beverly, Mass., which seeks to improve behavioral science.
November 11, 2010
Margaret Boyle Carr, 72, of Upper Darby, a former pizza shop owner and psychologist, died of colon cancer Saturday, Nov. 6, at home. A son, Conal Carr, said that from 1970 to 1987, Mrs. Carr owned and operated Old English Style Pizza in Woodlyn, Delaware County. "Many of her children have stated that they developed their strong work ethic from working within the family business and observing their mother," according to her son. While running the business, Mrs. Carr took classes and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1988 from St. Joseph's University.
September 10, 2010
A psychologist who alleges a Philadelphia police officer severely beat him filed a federal lawsuit against the department this month, seeking at least $100,000 in damages. Anthony Abrams, who was director of mental-health services at the Bucks County Correctional Facility, said he had gone to Fifth and York Streets on March 8 to interview a client for a study. When he could not find the patient, he said, a neighborhood woman agreed to help. Abrams said the woman had asked for $20, then walked away with the money without helping him. As he was leaving, he said, Officer Eric Burke demanded to know what he was doing in the area.
September 9, 2010 |
A psychologist doing research on addiction has sued the city of Philadelphia and a police officer he says attacked him in North Philadelphia and beat him so severely his eye socket was partially crushed. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey also was named in the federal civil-rights lawsuit filed Friday by Anthony Abrams, a Ph.D. and director of mental-health services at the Bucks County Correctional Facility. Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said authorities could not comment on the suit because an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
August 26, 2010 |
William James died 100 years ago today, but his influence is still with us. He contributed mightily to the early growth of psychology, writing the first textbook, establishing the first demonstration laboratory, and teaching the first course on the subject. A sibling of novelist Henry and diarist Alice, James was educated in a variety of schools in America and abroad - none of which seemed to suit his father, a brilliant eccentric who preferred the kind of informal education that took place in spirited discussions around the family dinner table.