Screen Time, Social Media, Depression and Development: LOTS of Research Needed

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Development of the Self, Disorders of Childhood, Health Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: The media storm of concern over the ways in which screen time might be related to levels of depression and anxiety among teens and emerging adults has been heating up in recent months. As has been the case before with other global technological innovations (TV) good research on the questions being raised is hard… Read more »

Shopping Predicting Personality (not the other way around)

Posted by & filed under Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Personality, Persuasion, Research Methods, Social Psychology.

Description: Usually, when designing a line of psychological research, we start from the psychology and predict the behavior – makes sense, because it is Psychological theories that we are developing. So, for example, think about what predictions you would make about people’s shopping (buying) behavior based on what you know or can find out about… Read more »

Gambling, Risk and Dopamine

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Description: What factors predict who will take bigger risks when gambling for money? Could it be linked to personality? And if there are links to personality is that because of early experience or perhaps due to genetic variations in risk attraction or risk aversion, perhaps related to the functioning of specific brain regions? After you… Read more »

Psychosis: Early Identification and Intervention Opportunities are Important

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Health Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: You are no doubt aware of the standard medical observation that the earlier an emerging health challenge is identified the more effectively it can be treated or even prevented from fully emerging. There is also a lot of talk about the sorts of things one can do to contribute positively to one’s mental health… Read more »

Teen Dating and Development: Normative?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Depression, Development of the Self, Human Development, Social Influence, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Often when we are looking at what is going on at certain points in human developmental trajectories, we make assumptions. We assume that something that most individuals at that particular age or stage are doing is normative. Normative technically just means most frequent but additional meaning is usually included with term. We frequently assume… Read more »

Handedness: A Complex Construct

Posted by & filed under Human Development, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: When I was in graduate school years ago, I heard about a study done by Stan Coren, at the University of British Columbia, that looked at professional baseball players (for whom detailed batting statistics indicated where they sat on the dimension of handedness. The study also looked at the retired ball player pension data… Read more »

Mindfulness and Academic Performance: What is the Key?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience.

Description: What does ‘being mindful’ mean? Mindfulness medication essentially involves clearing one’s mind of distractions and focusing closely and only of the here and now. How might doing that be of academic assistance to middle school students? Think about how you would answer that question from a psychological research perspective. If it helps what might… Read more »

Genes and Sexual Orientation: It is VERY complex

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, Development of the Self, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, The Self.

Description: What does it mean to say that some human trait or behavior is partially genetically linked? Does saying that change or influence how we think about the trait? Looked at another way what would the socio-cultural (and perhaps political) implications be of a trait or behavioral tendency being partially genetically linked? Would your answers… Read more »

Psychological Research and Public Policy: A Study of Fluoridation and IQ

Posted by & filed under General Psychology, Human Development, Intelligence, Neuroscience, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: You have certainly heard about people described as anti-vaxers, people wo do not want their children vaccinated against diseases link the measles, mumps and rhubella because they believe there is scientific evidence that immunizations cause autism (despite the fact that the evidence is conclusive that there is no such effect and that the dangers… Read more »