Criminal Brains: Opportunties and ethical pitfalls of looking beyond minds

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Personality, Personality Disorders, Psychological Health.

Description: Have you ever watched an episode of the TV show Criminal Minds which fictionally focusses on the activities of an FBI behavioral analysis unit that hunts psychopaths? In the show there are many discussions of the sorts of developmental histories that amplify some psychopathic behavioral tendencies and of the sorts of things that can… Read more »

New Years Resolutions? Developmental Life Design is Better!

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Development of the Self, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: In my previous 2 blog posts (1. http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/human-development/resolutions-not-the-places-to-start-life-development-and-change/ and 2. http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/general-psychology/adult-development-and-aging/resolutions-better-to-work-on-life-engagement/)  I wrote about the Big Life Task of identity formation and about the bleak picture painted of how this important post-secondary developmental enterprise is seen as going for many (40 to 45%) emerging adults (18 to 29-year-old’s). I pointed out that there are a… Read more »

Resolutions? Better to Work on Life Engagement!

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Emerging Adulthood, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: My previous blog (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/human-development/resolutions-not-the-places-to-start-life-development-and-change/) might have seemed a bit bleak in that it talked about how the largest proportion of 1st year university students (40 to 45%) utilize an Identity Processing Style called Diffused which suggests that in taking on the Big Life Task of figuring out who they are, where they are going,… Read more »

Resolutions? Not the places to start life development and change

Posted by & filed under Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: As I sit writing this it is December 31, New Year’s Eve (News Year’s Eve Day Morning to be perfectly correct).  In previous years around new year’s I have posted about resolutions and about how Psychological research suggests our performance when we strike out into new behaviors as a result of a new year’s… Read more »

The Psychologies of Sycophants and Narcissists: Historical Shifts, Developmental Histories and Clear and Present Dangers

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Moral Development, Personality, Personality Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychological Disorders, The Self.

Description: What is a sycophant? Well, colloquially we sometimes use the term “suck up” as in “that person is a suck up” or “that person is really sucking up to the boss”. But what is going on in situations like that psychologically? There are a couple of hints for possible hypotheses in the pictures posted… Read more »

Dopamine and Video Gaming: by Dilbert and Zimbu the Monkey

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders.

Description: As the Dilbert cartoon below suggests there has been much research and more speculation about the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in explaining the focused nature of many people’s interest in video or online games. The American Psychiatric Association considered adding a disorder called Internet Gaming Disorder the latest 5th edition of its Diagnostic… Read more »

Developmental Research and Santa: Should Parents Own Up?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, General Psychology, Human Development.

Description: A seasonal question: at what point if ever should you tell your children the truth about Santa? Well, as any good developmental psychologist should, I am going to tell you to have a look at what the data says and the article linked below provides a number of things to think about in relation… Read more »

Narcissism and Millennials: Don’t Judge, Get the Data!

Posted by & filed under General Psychology, Group Processes, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Personality, selfies, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, The Self.

Description: If you were born after 1980 then you are a “millennial”, at least according to Pop-Psyc (what non-psychologists are saying that is “based in” Psychology). And, what have you heard about your “generation”? Narcissistic? Entitled? Snowflakes? Etc. etc.? Other than the older generations dumping on the current youth/young adult cohort (believe me this has… Read more »

Can you undo ‘fake news’ when its in your head?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, General Psychology, Intelligence, Intelligence-Schooling, Language-Thought, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: Ah politicians are a never-ending source of possible research topics! Assuming you have not been successful in selectively ignoring any political news from south of our border (and if you have please tell us how, as long as it does not involve a lobotomy or copious amounts of alcohol!) then you have heard about… Read more »