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29Aug2021

Psychological Aspects of Persuasion

  • By Ian Bradley
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So many of our actions involve persuasion, be it bargaining for new house, convincing a voter, or more frequently, in my game, getting someone to change. Persuasion is simply a ubiquitous part of human nature.   “All governments –indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act – is founded on compromise.
29Jun2017

Transformational or not; you should do it, tidying that is

  • By Ian Bradley
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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up by Marie Kondo I am not sure that I agree with the author when she says that “tidying can be a life-transformational experience,” but I have seen enough business executives in my practice to know that clutter creates subtle problems. Visual clutter in the home or office creates “background” to-do
24Sep2016

McGill Sports Talk

  • By Ian Bradley
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Please find below the download link for the CBT lecture examining common psychological factors in sports, working and clinical practice.   sports_mcgill
18Nov2015

Personality, Big Data and Marketing

  • By Ian Bradley
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Can the mining of big date effectively tailor political or advertising communication to match basic personality dimensions in a target audience.   In other words, if you’re a voter, who is extraverted and therefore someone who values assertiveness and positive emotions, can the product or political message be tailored to your own personality. A pioneering company
13Sep2015

Undergraduate CBT Course Syllabus 2015

  • By Ian Bradley
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Course Outline                         Principles of CBT                          Fall 2015                                                     McGill University Psych 408 Dr Ian Bradley (ian.bradley@mcgill.ca)
07Sep2014

McGill Psychology 408 Syllabus 2014

  • By Ian Bradley
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Course Outline  Principles of CBTFall 2014 Psych 408  Dr Ian Bradley (ian.bradley@mcgill.ca)   Time and Location: FridaysLeacock 1098:30 – 11:30     Textbook: Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Core Principles for Practice by William T. O’Donohue (Editor), Jane E. Fisher (Editor) July 2012, Hardcover (E-book also available)   Introduction: My goal is to introduce the student to the
11Sep2013

Quebec’s Charter of Values: a needless distraction

  • By Ian Bradley
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Buried in the cacophony of noise concerning Quebec’s Charter of Values was a story about the median family income of Quebecers versus the national average.  The 2010 census data tells a sad story that the provincial average was 11% below the national average, and 26.8% below that of the average Albertan family.  Meanwhile we like
11Sep2012

Why do we work, and so hard?

  • By Ian Bradley
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According to a recent American Community Survey, the percentage of professionals working more than 50 hours per week has grown from 34% in 1997 to 38% in 2006.  If Aristotle saw these figures, he would say that we can’t be happy or worse, truly free. In the classic Greek tradition, the only people doing anything
23Mar2012

Nature of Work: Radio Interview, segment 1.

  • By Ian Bradley
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Come and hear about some observations about the nature of work that was discussed in a recent CJAD interview. In the interview, emphasized the important transformation of raw materials to a higher sense of completion that is the essence of work.  Whether, as an accountant who takes numbers to produce a final budget or a
28Feb2012

Psychological testing for job applicants: Part II

  • By Ian Bradley
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Recently, I was asked by a large company to screen applicants for a senior management position using traditional psychological assessment tools. The lucrative offer was tempting but I declined. In my previous post I argued that psychologists were not very good predictors.  Now I continue my criticism by suggesting that psychological testing has many underlying
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