North American Journal of Psychology

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 2, June

An Interview with Christian Ambler: Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports
Christian Ambler, PhD, is a neuropsychologist with interests in the neuropsychological sequelae of brain injury, executive dysfunction, neuro-developmental disorders, and medical disorders. Dr. Ambler has worked in the Department of Psychiatry and...
Brief Report: Factor Structure of the Experiences in Close Relationships with Gay and Lesbian Individuals
The mentality of society with regards to same-sex relationships has become more liberal over the past few years and this has been reflected in governmental attitudes and actions. For example, Statistics Canada reports that the number of self-identified...
Demographics and Diversity in Business Organizations: Confronting a Growing Hispanic Presence, Revisited
The Hispanic population of the U.S has recently surpassed its African-American population. This growth of Hispanics compared with African-Americans continues in both the overall population as well as in workforce participation. Such disproportionate...
Distinguishing between Early and Late Onset Delinquents: Race, Income, Verbal Intelligence and Impulsivity
In 1993, Terrie Moffitt proposed a dual taxonomy of adolescent delinquent behavior. She proposed that life course persistent antisocial behavior was characterized by neurological deficits in executive functions, which then result in behavioral impulsivity,...
Dream Lab for Introductory Psychology
Dream theories and characteristics are identifiable learning objectives for undergraduate students across a wide array of curricula in the higher education setting (Bryson, 2002; 2003; Bryson, Mastin, Pilgreen, & Bryson, 2008). Introductory psychology...
Effects of Peppermint and Cinnamon Odor Administration on Simulated Driving Alertness, Mood and Workload
Past research indicates that the presence of peppermint and cinnamon odors during human performance assessment can dramatically influence motivation, task performance, and alertness. In a series of studies, Warm and colleagues investigated the efficacy...
Humor Styles as Mediators of the Shyness-Loneliness Relationship
Individuals adjust and adapt to the demands of social interaction in a variety of ways that may be more or less adaptive. For example, some individuals use humor in a way that facilitates positive social interaction while still others may manifest...
Implementation Intentions and Generative Strategies in Prospective Memory Retrieval
Many of the tasks in our daily lives are prospective memory (PM) tasks. In a PM task, we form an intention to be completed later. Examples of PM tasks would be remembering to give a message to a friend, or remembering to take a dose of medication after...
Personality Factors and Attitude toward Seeking Professional Help
Although psychology has a long history, many people still harbor misconceptions about mental illness. Those with mental health problems often are regarded as inferior, incompetent, responsible for their own symptoms, dangerous, and a threat to society...
Political Orientation, Hostile Media Perceptions, and Group-Centrism
News media play a major role in political campaigns (Hansen & Benoit, 2007). Coupled with the recent increase in perceived divisions between Democrats and Republicans in United States politics (Seyle & Newman, 2006), the issue of fairness in...
Self-Injury in the Schools: An Exploratory Analysis of Midwest School Counselors' Knowledge and Experience
Self-injurious behaviors are not a new phenomenon. Favazza (1988) first studied "self mutilation" after an October 1985 broadcast of the Phil Donahue show discussing self-abuse. Prior to Favazza's research, self-injurious behaviors had been examined...
Team Member Personality, Team Processes and Outcomes: Relationships within a Graduate Student Project Team Sample
Teams are being used more than ever in the workplace (e.g., Hackman, 2002). Perhaps in response to this phenomenon, courses taught in higher education, particularly in professional colleges and faculties, frequently have students work together in teams...
The Effect of Defendant Facial Expression on Mock Juror Decision-Making: The Power of Remorse
Headlines abound recounting how jurors, court personnel, and families are amazed, disgusted, and hurt that a particular defendant 'showed no remorse.' Of course, remorse does nothing to change the end result; the crime cannot be undone. However, we...
The Hindsight Bias and Attitudes toward Police Deception in Eliciting Confessions
At the 2006 annual convention of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41), Dr. Saul Kassin chaired a session on police interrogations and false confessions. In his own segment of that session (Kassin, 2006, March), he described a series...
The Influence of a Conservative Religion on Premarital Sexual Behavior of University Students
"The fact remains that, until quite recently, scientific research on sexuality has been taboo and therefore to be avoided or at best marginalized" (Laumann, Gagnon, Michael, & Michaels, 1994, p. 36). Two early landmark studies looking at sexual...
Understanding the Relationship between Sport Team Identification and Dimensions of Social Well-Being
Branscombe and Wann (1991) reported a significant relationship between identification with a sport team (i.e., a fan's psychological connection to a team, see Wann, Melnick, Russell, & Pease, 2001) and psychological well-being. Specifically, they...