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Socioemotional Selectivity Theory focuses on the positive benefits of ageing. The theory is based on the notion that humans modify their goals as they get older because of their unique ability to understand and perceive time.
When people are younger, they view time as an open-ended entity. They prioritize goals based on the future, such as travelling or getting a graduate degree.
However, when we grow older, we begin to see time as a limitation. Our goals tend to become much more focused on emotional gratification and the present day. Thus, older people seek out more meaningful experiences.
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The Recency Effect was discussed in a 1962 paper by a psychologist named Bennet Murdock. Murdock discovered that the probability of a remembered word was dependent upon where it was positioned in the list. He learned that the list’s first few words were remembered pretty well, which is called the...
The Elaboration Likelihood Model is a theory that seeks to explain why people are persuaded to change their views about certain topics.
The primary concept of this theory lies in understanding the function of elaboration. Whenever elaboration reaches a higher level, people are more apt to t...
As we marvel at the impact that science and technology have had in our world, it is too easy to forget about the remarkable progress of the social sciences.
The field of psychology has been a fantastic asset to humankind since it began. From that time forward, we’ve grown to bolster our und...
During the 1920s, a Russian psychologist named Bluma Zeigarnik noticed something while sitting in a Vietnamese diner. She observed that waiters could easily remember those orders for customers who had not received and paid for their food. Yet, after the food was served and the check was paid, the...
Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky believed that standardized tests were inadequate in assessing a child’s learning readiness. While a certain amount of knowledge is naturally gained from exposure and maturity, other knowledge depends on the social interaction with a teacher or mentor.
His hypothesis simply stated that when people were exposed to something regularly, they would eventually come to like that thing. Zajonc emphasized that people didn’t even need a positive outcome or reward about an object — only its mere exposure was enough.
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If one assumes that old people are unproductive consumers of government benefits, then a rising OADR can be problematic. But, policymakers only focus on chronological age, while the sociological components of ageing have shifted over time.
Two factors drive averag...
Behavioral economists show that when humans make quick decisions under pressure, it is based mostly on intuition. They are unconsciously guided by biases and psychological fallacies.
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