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Articles

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When Terror Is Not Terrorism: A Political Psychological Analysis — October 29, 2018
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This article differentiates violence and its threat through terrorism and through other psychological means and ends.

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Jamal Khashoggi: Assassination, Abattoir, and the Law of Small Numbers — October 22, 2018
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This article describes psychological research on why tragedies of individuals and small numbers of people elicit more global emotional arousal than tragedies of large numbers of people.

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North Korea and The Nucleus of Denuclearization — October 15, 2018
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This article describes common operant conditioning principles contributing to the seeming intractability of ‘denuclearizing’ the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea.

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Praxites and Mal-praxites in Psychological Research: Hoaxes — October 8, 2018
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This article describes intrinsic problems with the pursuit of psychological knowledge in a socio-political world.

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More on the Fakeness of Fake News — October 1, 2018
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This article identifies occurrences within the process of news production and also examples of psychological research which mitigate against the construct of fake news.

Interviews

 

Scientific Psychological Support of National Security Issues — October 29, 2018
Richard W. Bloom and Mark Staal

This interview covers scientific psychological support of national security issues, how psychologists might prepare for involvement in these areas, issues of transfer of reliability/validity from research to the ‘real world’, vetting psychological assumptions on how people will behave when specific operational plans are implemented, ethics and ‘enhanced interrogation’, Dr. Staal's agenda for APA Division 19, and his professional plans for the future.

 

Intelligence Analysis and Non-coercive Interview Techniques — October 8, 2018
Richard W. Bloom and Misty Duke

The interview covered cognitive biases in intelligence analysis, and, also, rapport-based, non-coercive interrogation techniques.

 

Memory Distortion — October 3, 2018
Richard W. Bloom and Deryn Strange

The interview covers distorted memories for traumatic events, repression and repressed memory, memory distrust syndrome, deception and self-deception as a contaminant in memory research with forensic implications, recovered memory, false confessions, and the 'bait question' as a differentiator of truth versus falsehood in interrogation. [The discussion ends prematurely through an IBPP technical malfunction. One missing element vital to college students who might wish to pursue a career in forensic psychology is Dr. Strange's strong recommendation to master the basics of experimental methodology and statistics].