Psychology & Society
Psychology & Society


Previous Issues - January 2013


Welcome to the January 2013 issue of Psychology & Society. We have decided to create an annual 'rolling' issue to which new articles will be added as they are accepted for publication. The purpose of this change is to minimize the time between submission and publication. Rather than wait for a full set of papers to be ready before publishing an issue, each new paper can be added to the rolling issue at any time, enabling rapid publication.

Along side the rolling issue we will still publish separate 'special issues', focusing on a particular theme or research group.

Many thanks for your interest in Psychology & Society.

The Editors.



An Experimental Study about the Cultural Transmission Process
DJALMA FRANCISCO COSTA LISBOA DE FREITAS & DANILO SILVA GUIMARÃES

In this paper an experimental study will be described and discussed. Participants were asked to draw a ‘boat’ in three different moments, and they were interviewed at the end of each experimental phase. Interactions and answers to the interviews were recorded. The analyzed data allowed the researcher to observe aspects of the cultural transmission process in such experimental setting.

 

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Measuring Attitudes and Points of View: Social Judgment of Proposals for the Revision of Student Stipends in Higher Education
GORDON SAMMUT

This paper reports a study concerning the nature of closed-mindedness undertaken with undergraduate students at the University of Malta. The study queried students’ views regarding the issue of revision of the student stipend system. Attitudes and ego-relatedness were hypothesized to be associated with closed-mindedness. The findings, however, revealed that students were mostly open-minded about alternative proposals and, as such, that high ego-relatednss and strongly held attitudes do not in themselves short-circuit cognition into closed-minded mental states.

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Uniting Theories of Morality, Religion, and Social Interaction: Grid-Group Cultural Theory, the “Big Three” Ethics, and Moral Foundations Theory
JOSHUA R. BRUCE

This paper illustrates how Richard Shweder’s Big Three Ethics, Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory, and Mary Douglas’s Grid-Group Cultural Theory can be theoretically united.  I draw on the common elements of each theory to illustrate their potential integration, as well as the role of religion in each and directions for future research.

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Setting Goals in Psychotherapy: A Phenomenological Study of Conflicts in the Position of the Therapist
JAKOB EMILIUSSEN & BRADY WAGONER

The present study is concerned with the ethical dilemmas of setting goals in therapy. The main questions that it aims to answer are: who is to set the goals for therapy and who is to decide when they have been reached?

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A Review of the Beneficial Mental Health Effects of Exercise and Recommendations for Future Research
JAMES SWAN & PHILIP HYLAND

This paper provides aN overview of research regarding the effects of physical exercise as a method of treatment for anxiety and depressive symptomology, along with a discussion of where future research in this area can develop. 

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