Prison Slang

All cultures and subcultures have their own unique phrases and meanings in their various dialects. Nearly all languages contain an abundance of informal phrases or slang terms, which are often used with such regularity that they have evolved into a standard form of communication. Inmates in different correctional facilities have also developed and incorporated an…

Physician Assisted Suicide

Controversial topics always spark debate from the public perspective, as well as the from various government and religious entities. The reason for such debate, is due to controversial topics containing a vast, multi-opinionated perception which often times triggers more personal opinion which inevitable leads to a subjective thought and an individual(s) to maintain a strong…

Recovered Memories

The controversy associated with recovered memories has been a topic of debate for some time. This has primarily been the case when it comes to individuals who have been victimized by terrible sexual acts of violence, or other traumatic events. Like any other controversial topic, many will either dispute, or agree with the attributes associated…

Humans and Violence

Are humans predisposed to violence? This has been a topic of debate amongst psychologists, criminologists and other scholars for quite some time now, but has become an even bigger controversial topic with the technological developments of PET scans and geneticist developments. Despite the fact that science has been able to show a plausible correlation between…

Free Will vs. Self Determination

The notion that humans possess the concept of free will or self determination has been an ongoing debate since the development of both thought processes. This debate has explored since the beginning of recorded history (Tancredi, 2007). Do humans in fact possess free will, or self determination? This question has been entrenched with different religious,…

Nature vs. Nurture

Gender differences is an ongoing debate which contains arguments that gender differences are caused by different biological, or social differences. Both arguments are filled with controversy and have been subjected to different theories that have stemmed from various research with an attempt to articulate and explain the causes of ones gender and how their differences…

Is Food Addiction the Same as Substance Addiction

Obesity has become a global epidemic that has effected not only the populations overall quality of life, but as also impacted international economies (Avena, Gold, Kroll, & Gold, 2012). The prevalence of the United States Obesity Rate has jump significantly from 9 out of the 50 States in 2004 to 36 States in 2010, with…

Comparison of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

Motivation is not only essential to human behavior, but is also relevant to what motivates individuals to change certain positive or negative behaviors (Repovich, 2014). Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are important components to human motivation and explore human motivation for particular activities (Repovich, 2014). Researcher Wendy Repovich (2014) categorizes intrinsic motivation as being something primal,…

Global Workspace Theory

Consciousness is a concept that contains a multitude of various theories and concepts associated with awareness and attention (Sternberg, Sternberg, & Mio, 2012). Consciousness, when formulated with attention consists of two moderate sets that overlap and encompass casual roles in cognition. This overlapping in cognition consists of three purposes, which include the first pertaining to…

The Bystander Effect

The bystander effect is an element of social psychology that implies that when the number of bystanders is increased in an emergency situation, the less likely any of the bystanders will aid, or assist in the situation (Aronson, Wilson, & Akert, 2013). The bystander effect is one of the most significant well established social psychology…