North American Journal of Psychology

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 1, March

An Examination of Post 9-11 Attitudes towards Arab Americans
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been a backlash of public opinion towards Arab Americans as a whole (Skitka, Bauman, Aramovich, & Morgan, 2006) that has only exacerbated the preexisting stereotypes of this population...
An Interview with Jim Flynn about the Flynn Effect
James R. Flynn is Professor Emeritus at the University of Otago. His university awarded him an Honorary Doctorate and its Gold Medal for Distinguished Career Research. He has been profiled in Scientific American and named "Distinguished Contributor"...
Competitiveness and Individualism-Collectivism in Bali and the U.S
Competitiveness is an important personality characteristic that influences behavior across an array of social environments. While researchers have explored competitive behavior in several social contexts, including sports (Gill & Deeter, 1988;...
Does Religious Faith Improve Test Performance?
There are several studies in the extant literature showing that brief contact with stimuli that are reliably associated with certain kinds of behavior can evoke or cue that behavior. For example, Berkowitz and LePage (1967) found that participants...
"If I Wait, My Partner Will Do It:" the Role of Conscientiousness as a Mediator in the Relation of Academic Procrastination and Perceived Social Loafing
The concepts of procrastination and social loafing appear similar in various ways. For example, both concepts involve the expenditure of minimal amounts of energy toward task activities found across research populations and task settings (Ferrari,...
Online Drinking: An Exploratory Study of Alcohol Use and Intoxication during Internet Activity
Skyping, gaming, friending, tweeting--our society has embraced the internet as an alternate, and sometimes preferable, social universe. This is particularly true for young people. According to the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project...
Pain Threshold and Tolerance Differences among Intercollegiate Athletes: Implication of Past Sports Injuries and Willingness to Compete among Sports Teams
The likelihood of experiencing pain and injury increases as physical contact among athletes increases (Stanish, Tripp, Coady, & Biddulph, 2001). In fact, sports such as boxing and football would seem to require the ability to withstand pain from...
Paranormal Beliefs Then and Now
A perusal of current television listings, movie offerings, and internet content suggests that there is no shortage of interest in paranormal phenomena. Based on data from a variety of sources, Smith (2010) concludes that between 73 and 76 percent of...
Postformal Thinking as a Predictor of Creativity and of the Identification and Appreciation of Irony and Metaphor
Communication is fundamental to social interaction. Language is probably the most important medium of human communication, whether in the form of speech or the written word. When the main goal is to share precise information, the messages must be accurate...
Relationship Maintenance Strategy Use by Romantic Attachment Style
As social beings, the quality of one's relationships contributes greatly to individual development, growth, and overall wellbeing. Positive relationships are likely to result in positive outcomes. For example, social support from relatives and peers...
Taste Interacts with Sound Symbolism
Sound symbolism holds that the vocal sounds in words have meanings in and of themselves. As early as 1929, Kohler found that adults tend to associate nonsense words containing rounded vowels (bouba) with curved shapes and words with nonrounded vowels...
The Head and Shoulders Psychology of Success Project: An Examination of Perceptions of Olympic Athletes
Over the past several decades, research in sport psychology has greatly enhanced our understanding of the affective, behavioral, and cognitive reactions of sport participants. This research has examined participants from many levels of competition...
The Influence of Peer Sexual Activity upon College Students' Sexual Behavior
The interplay between parental and peer influence on adolescents' and young adults' acquisition of sexual information and willingness to engage in sexual behavior has been the subject of extensive research (e.g., Allen, Porter, & McFarland, 2006;...
The Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect: Fast-Forward 30 Years
Occasionally, information mediated by relevant sensory receptors can be misleading, such as when two sensory systems provide different information about the same event, and perceptual mis-judgements can result. A prominent example includes the Ventriloquist...
The Relationship between Anger and Other Correlates of Eating Disorders in Women
Eating disorders can be defined as persistent disturbances in eating behaviors. Large-scale research has shown that lifetime prevalence of eating disorders are .9-3.5% among women, and .3%-2% among men (Hudson, Hiripi, Pope, & Kessler, 2007). There...
The Role of Father Involvement in the Perceived Psychological Well-Being of Young Adult Daughters: A Retrospective Study
As fathering research has progressed, it has become apparent that the associations with desirable child outcomes found in most research is actually with positive forms of paternal involvement, not simply involvement per se (Cabrera, Tamis-LeMonda,...
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