Psycomedia Episode 74 – Pet Theory

Psycomedia Episode 74 – Pet Theory

Psycomedia is now fortnightly for the foreseeable future. Or is it? Yes. Yes it is.


  • Iglesias, T. L., McElreath, R., & Patricelli, G. L. (2012). Western scrub-jay funerals: cacophonous aggregations in response to dead conspecifics. Animal Behaviour.
  • Morgan, D., Grant, K. A., Gage, H. D., Mach, R. H., Kaplan, J. R., Prioleau, O., … & Nader, M. A. (2002). Social dominance in monkeys: dopamine D2 receptors and cocaine self-administration. Nature neuroscience5(2), 169-174.
  • Panksepp, J., & Burgdorf, J. (2000). 50-kHz chirping (laughter?) in response to conditioned and unconditioned tickle-induced reward in rats: effects of social housing and genetic variables. Behavioural Brain Research115(1), 25-38.
  • Udell, M. A., & Wynne, C. D. (2008). A REVIEW OF DOMESTIC DOGS'(CANIS FAMILIARIS) HUMAN‐LIKE BEHAVIORS: OR WHY BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS SHOULD STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THEIR DOGS. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior89(2), 247-261.

Ben this week is played by

Refactor Your Wetware:

The Beta Males:

The Mighty Jambo:

Media of the Fortnight:

Baker Cat:

(Leekspin: )

Fast and Furious 6:

Arrested Development Season 4: An Afternoon Delight or a Huge Mistake?

Rats in Tuxedos:

Bonus animal videos:

Crow surfing:

Orang-Utan Pirates: 

Crow Snow: 


2 Responses to Psycomedia Episode 74 – Pet Theory

  1. Charles says:

    Hello Tim, and hello Christina’s boyfriend,

    I must be getting old. You talked about vascular access ports, and my first thought was the Harkonnen heart plugs from the David Lynch version of Dune:

    Regarding the possibility of counteracting implicit stereotyping, look up the research of Kerry Kawakami ( ), demonstrating once again the superiority of Canadian social psychologists over other social psychologists. Early work in counteracting automatic biases in social cognition (Kawakami et al., 2000; Kawakami, Dovidio, & van Kamp, 2005) was something like a cognitive version of counterconditioning: participants were trained to associate category words (e.g., “women”) with counter-stereotypical adjectives (e.g., “strong”). The effects were not inspiring. It generally worked at reducing stereotype-congruent automatic responses, but only for the specific stereotype targeted by the training, and there was no change in overt discriminatory behaviour unless a cognitive load task was placed between the training and the assessment. More recently, Stewart et al. (2010) tested a training program that taught participants about attributional biases, and gave them practice at choosing situational attributions over individual attributions when interpreting people’s behaviour. The training did reduce automatic stereotyping, but I have not seen any tests run yet on its impact on overt discriminatory behaviour.

    And did you really think that dogs are beyond the reach of the mighty Five Factor Model? Hah! The mighty Five Factor Model scoffs at your foolishness! I direct your attention to Gosling, Kwan, and John (2003), who found that dogs’ behaviours could be accurately predicted using Five Factor Model categories. Now bow before the mighty Five Factor Model.

    Gosling, S. D., Kwan, V. S. Y., & John, O. P. (2003). A dog’s got personality: A cross-species comparative approach to evaluating personality judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 1161-1169.
    Kawakami, K., Dovidio, J.F., Moll, J., Hermsen, S., & Russin, A. (2000). Just say no (to stereotyping): Effects of training in the negation of stereotypic associations on stereotype activation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 871-888.
    Kawakami, K., Dovidio, J.F., & van Kamp, S. (2005). Kicking the habit: Effects of nonstereotypic association training on the application of stereotypes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 68-75.
    Stewart, T. L., Latu, I. M., Kawakami, K., & Myers, A. C. (2010). Consider the situation: Reducing automatic steretyping through situational attribution training. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 221-225.

  2. psycomedia says:

    Comments with references sections…It’s a dream come true! Nice to see that a) 5 remains the magic number of personality, regardless of species or what Tim says and b) that Implicit Attitudes are as depressing as ever.

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