Weekly Video Blog #45

Richard Hill talks about a paper that is looking at the effect of imagined things on our memory of truth. Interesting.
Shidlovski, D., Schul, Y., & Mayo, R. (2014) If I imagine it, then it happens: the implicit truth value of imaginary representations. Cognition, 133(3): 517-529


Imagination sometimes leads people to behave, feel, and think as though imagined events were real even when they know they were not. In this paper, we suggest that some understanding of these phenomena can be achieved by differentiating between Implicit Truth Value (ITV), a spontaneous truth evaluation, and Explicit Truth Value (ETV), a self-reported truth judgment. In three experiments, we measure ITV using the autobiographical Implicit Association Test (Sartori, Agosta, Zogmaister, Ferrara, & Castiello, 2008), which has been used to assess which of two autobiographical events is true. Our findings demonstrate that imagining an event, like experiencing an event, increases its ITV, even when people explicitly acknowledge the imagined event as false (Experiments 1a and 1b). Furthermore, we show that imagined representations generated from a first-person perspective have higher ITV than imagined representations generated from a third-person perspective (Experiment 2). Our findings suggest that implicit and explicit measures of truth differ in their sensitivity to properties underlying truth judgment. We discuss the contribution of characterizing events according to both ITV and ETV to the understanding of various psychological phenomena, such as lying and self-deception.
Also, a reminder of Richard’s workshops in November if you happen to be in Sydney:
November 2nd – Rossi’s “Mirror Hands” therapeutic practice.
November 23rd – Curiosity Oriented Approach – new techniques for practice.

Dr. Dave talks about his latest podcast show #421 – Mental Health Issues in Native American Communities with Ethan Nebelkopf PhD

About Ethan Nebelkopf

Ethan Nebelkopf, PhD, MFT, has worked in non-profits for 40 years and has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for 30 years. Ethan served as Director of Behavioral Health for the Family & Child Guidance Clinic of the Native American Health Center in Oakland and San Francisco from 1997-2012. In 2009, his program received the National Behavioral Health Achievement Award for Innovation from the Indian Health Service. In 2007 Ethan received the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Award of Excellence for development of integrated, substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, mental health services, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs for Native Americans. In 2006, Ethan received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of Multicultural Services of the California Department of Mental Health. Ethan is author of The Herbal Connection: Herbs, Drug Abuse and Holistic Health, published by BiWorld Press in 1981, and Healing and Mental Health for Native Americans: Speaking in Red, published by AltaMira Press in 2004. He edited Growing Roots: Native American Evidence-Based Practices, a special issue of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs in 2011.


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