Clever Horses, School Children and The Pygmalion Effect

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: What do horses that seem to be able to spell and do math, grade school children, and stereotypes of poor people or smokers have in common? The Pygmalion Effect. Well that is not enlightening but what about expectancy effects and not their own expectancies but expectancies or assumptions that other have about them? How… Read more »

We Need a Big Picture Understanding of Screen Time (and Who is Sox?)

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: You cannot have missed at least some of the range of stories regarding the amount of screen time children are spending and the concerns being raised about its possible impact on their development. We should be concerned but we should also be cautious about treating screen time like this month’s Tickle me Elmo, Furby,… Read more »

Orchids and Dandelions: A Very Useful Developmental Dichotomy

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Think of all the different ways in which you can think about and talk about developing children: shy – outgoing, independent – dependent, leaders—followers and on and on. All such dichotomies tend to focus on a part or aspect of children or child development and do not scale up well, into big pictures of… Read more »

Anger and Self-Regulation: Learn From the Inuit

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Indigenous Psychology, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: A huge part of growing up (well of developing and being “raised”) is learning how to self-regulate. Think of what small children do from time to time – they may have a tantrum when they do not get their way, they may eat all the cookies on the counter, they may be distracted by… Read more »

Is Evil Born or Made or What?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Neuroscience, Personality, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: I have posted about the Dark Triad (Machiavellianism, Narcissism and Psychopathy) before which suggests how some poor or bad behavior in others might be accounted for, but what about large-scale evil? An ongoing question has been to wonder what array of circumstances, conditions, and characteristics come together to produce truly evil people such a… Read more »

School Recess is Not Just a Break, It is Very Important

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: Think back to when you were in elementary school. What did you do during recess? Did you ever think of recess as an important component of your educational day or just as a cherished break away from the demands of the classroom? From a developmental psychological perspective how should we look at, think about… Read more »

Is Tech Dangerous or Should We Be Asking Different Questions?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: Here is a research-based claim you may have heard about recently. Jean Twenge, based on data she drew from several huge population (big sample) surveys, suggests that 5 or more hours of daily involvement with social media is having negative impacts on teenagers these days. Now, rather than thinking about whether you agree or… Read more »

FOMO versus JOMO: Things to think about right NOW!

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: You have probably heard about FOMO or the fear of missing out which is often discussed as a serious hazard of involvement in social media. The idea is that postings on social media sites (like Instagram) are typically created and posted with the purpose of showing that the poster is having a great time,… Read more »

Girls and Science: Being Scientists or Doing Science?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Motivation-Emotion, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Student Success, The Self.

Description: In a post earlier today, I asked readers to consider the individual focus of much of the theory and research in Western Psychology. The article linked below is not a part of that core perspective and provide an alternative way to view and to research issues of gender education, socialization, and science. Before reading… Read more »

Psychology and Socialization: The Individual and (versus) the Social

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Child Development, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Group Processes, Human Development, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Psychology has a recurrent problem. Well, perhaps, it may be better to say that western (North American) Psychology, despite its commitment to empiricism and scientific objectivity, is a product of its culture. Try this thought on for size: Western Psychology strongly prefers to see the individual (singular person) as its unit of analysis. One… Read more »