Life Purpose: Understanding it, Measuring it, and Benefiting from it

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Emerging Adulthood, General Psychology, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: OK, think back to your own early adolescence (when you were 13 to 15 years old).  Thinking about what the world and your place in it looked like back then would you say you had a clear sense of what your purpose in life was (is)? Probably not. What about now? Is the purpose… Read more »

Raise you thinking about brain function a level: Consider the hippocampus

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders.

Description: Typically when the specific areas of the brain are described and their role in general functioning discussed (at least at the introductory course level) we describe brain areas in what might be called “flat terms”. That’s is, we talk about the behaviours or body fictions that seem to be associated with that area of… Read more »

Want a Positive Retirement? Find your ikigai!

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Death and Dying, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Health Psychology, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Are you looking forward to the, likely distant point in the future when you will retire? What will that be like? Having recently “retired” myself I can tell you that it is not (or it need not be) about sitting around and relaxing. In fact I have found myself telling people who ask me… Read more »

Creativity, Development and Aging

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, General Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Intelligence.

Description: What makes something creative? The answer to THAT question is complicated and uncertain despite decades of reflection in Psychology. But sidestepping that question for the moment think about this: What would make young children more creative than teenagers or adults? Are their brains less “committed” to typical question answers? Are they simply more open… Read more »

Refugee Distress and Mental Health: Trauma AND Other Factors

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Assessment, Depression, Disorders of Childhood, General Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Think about what sports of factors might be involved in how refugees cope with distress once they have arrived in a relatively safe place and are trying to get on with their lives. Certainly the potentially horrific stressful events they endured in their original homes and in their flight towards safety could be important… Read more »

Psychology Research and The Transition to Post-Secondary Developmental Pathways

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Development of the Self, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Human Development, Student Success.

Description: In discussing one of the courses I developed a couple of years ago (a dual credit course for high school students focused upon the psychology of student transition and adjustment to post-secondary developmental pathways) I often found myself consistently pointing out that Psychology as a discipline is uniquely situated to provide insight and opportunities… Read more »

Postpartum OCD: Beyond a “simple” hyper-vigilance of new parenthood

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, mental illness, Neuroscience.

Description: You have likely heard that the baby-blues or post-partum depression is a very real issue and concern. This is true. Postpartum depression is very much a form of real depression that is triggered by the hormonal and circumstantial changes associated with giving birth. Recognizing its signs and symptoms and treating it as we would… Read more »

Care for Caregivers: Helping those Helping the Terminally Ill

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Chronic Illness, Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Make a prediction. How are feelings of anxiety and depression related to caring for a terminally ill person or loved one? What proportion of people engaged in such care do you think show such symptoms? Once you have your hypotheses in mind have a read through the article linked below and see how your… Read more »

Insomnia in People Over 65: How to Think About it and Deal With it

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Consciousness, Health and Prevention In Aging, Neuroscience, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Successful Aging.

Description: How have you been sleeping lately? If you are over 65 years of age and you are having some difficulties falling and/or staying asleep you are not alone.  In a large study 42% of people over 65 reported some sleep related issues. Given this what are your thoughts/beliefs/theories about insomnia? What causes it? What… Read more »

Moral Flexibility and Other Effects: The Case of International Travel

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Attitude Formation Change, Development of the Self, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Student Success, The Self.

Description: International travel to exotic places and cultures is a broadening experience right? Certainly my own research on identity development suggests that travel, whether part of gap year before or during post-secondary study or after your university experience or at any point in life can broaden your horizons, help you to see wider possibilities and… Read more »