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Batman Unmasked – The Psychology of the Dark Knight (Documentary)

Psychologists and comic book experts come together to peer into the mind of one of the greatest and most iconic superheros of all time…Batman. They examine the ways in which Bruce Wayne manages his paralyzing fear of bats as well as the negative impact of personal tragedy on young Wayne’s psyche (eg. security issues, trust issues and overwhelming guilt). Most importantly, they discuss the power of personal choice and trauma’s unlikely role as a powerful, positive force in inducing personal growth.

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Beware the Sinister side of Low-Fat Foods

low fat strawberry yogurtWhat on earth could be bad about eating low-fat foods? Quite a lot, as it turns out. Food psychologists Brian Wansink and Pierre Chandon (2006) have discovered that foods labeled as “low fat” can lead to increased consumption and contribute significantly to obesity. How does that happen? The researchers point to two major reasons:

  1. Low fat foods increase perceptions of the appropriate serving size
  2. Low fat foods decrease consumption guilt

In their study, Wansink and Chandon (2006) showed that “all people – particularly those who are overweight – eat more calories of snack food when it is labeled as low fat than when it is labeled as regular.” Food nutrition labels can provide both objective and subjective consumption cues. Objective labels tell us exactly how much of a particular food constitutes a single serving and discreetly packaged items such as a 12 ounce can of soda, make the recommended serving size pretty obvious. Continue reading

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