Examining the Influence of Extraversion and Neuroticism on a Student’s Facebook Usage.

Submitted as a Psychology HAY100 Practical Report
Word Count: 1638
Author: Michael Cunningham
Year: 2011


The aim of this study was to examine how the personality traits extraversion and neuroticism influenced Facebook usage of a student population. Three hundred and ninety six first year Psychology students from Swinburne University completed the Facebook Questionnaire and the Australian Personality Inventory. The hypothesis that individuals who scored high in neuroticism would spend more time on Facebook than those who scored low in neuroticism was partially supported. The second hypothesis that individuals who scored high in extraversion would have more Facebook friends and belong to more groups than those who scored low in extraversion was also supported with a strong correlation. The current study affirmed the results of previous research which suggests that the personality traits narcissism and extraversion do have a significant influence on students’ Facebook usage.  Future research should expand on the topic and examine more closely how personality influences the way students use Facebook.
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Osho – Western Psychology vs. Eastern Spirituality

oshoOsho – who was a widely followed Indian guru from the 60s-80s – brings up some very interesting and insightful points about the differences between Western psychology and Eastern spirituality’s approach to changing man. Osho correctly states that Western psychology’s aim is to fortify the individual’s ego so that he may become less neurotic, slightly happier and ultimately function ‘better’ in society. He says that in the East, the goal is instead to dissolve the ego rather than strengthen it.

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Schizophrenic Cats

schizophrenic-cat (1)Louis Wain was an English artist known for drawing cats, going crazy, and then drawing more cats. Later in his life he developed schizophrenia and psychologists believe that his descent into madness can be clearly seen in his cat drawings.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterised by a total disintegration of nearly every aspect of human psychology, including thought, perception, behaviour, language, emotion and communication; these disturbances usually manifest in visual/auditory hallucinations, paranoid delusions, disorganised speech and complete social dysfunction – in other words, schizophrenia is the deep end in the pool of mental disorders.

Let’s take a journey through Wain’s psychological breakdown through the following pencil and oil on canvas portraits of cats below.
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Psychology 101 – Development II: Social Development

schoolThis is part 2 of the 2 parter on human development. This post focuses on social development, which are changes in interpersonal thought, feeling and behaviour throughout the life span. We will journey through the different relationships people form throughout life, from intimate attachments in infancy through to adulthood, to sibling and peer relationships; the development of beliefs and feelings about themselves and others; and the way these beliefs and feelings about themselves and others; and the way these beliefs and feelings are expressed in different social contexts.

By the end of this post on Psychology 101, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of attachment in early development
  2. Describe the socialisation process
  3. Describe the role of peer relationships in social development
  4. Explain how social cognition develops across the life span
  5. Distinguish between the different theories of moral development
  6. Describe how social development continues throughout life.

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Psychology 101 – Development I: Physical and Cognitive Development


You’ve grown up so fast!

The following is Part 1 of a 2 part series on development. Part 1 focuses on physical and cognitive development in humans; we will begin by exploring three basic issues. Firstly, we will discover the extent that the development process is the product of either nature or nature. Secondly we will discuss evidence for critical periods in psychological development. And finally, we will consider whether development occurs in stages or in a continuous, gradual change. After all of this, I will outline the most important psychological model of development that we have in cognitive psychology – Piaget’s theory of cognitive development.

By the end of this post on Psychology 101, you should be able to:

  1. Describe some of the basic issues in developmental psychology
  2. Distinguish between the three main types of research design used by developmental psychologists
  3. Describe how physical development occurs across the life span and discuss its impact on psychological functioning
  4. Describe how perceptual and cognitive development occurs in infancy, childhood and adolescence

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Psychology 101 – Motivation

motivationThis post in the Psychology 101 series focuses on motivation, the driving force behind behaviour which leads us to pursue some things and avoid others. Firstly we will take a broad approach and examine each of the major perspectives on motivation ranging from the psychodynamic to the evolutionary model. Finally we will zoom in a little and consider some of the most important individual motives that guide human behaviour.

By the end of this post on Psychology 101, you should be able to:

  1. Distinguish among the different theoretical perspectives on motivation
  2. Describe how eating behaviours are regulated
  3. Describe how sexual motivation involves hormones and social and cultural factors
  4. Distinguish between the two clusters of psychological motives

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