SES and Academic Success: The Importance of Early Vocabulary

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Human Development, Language Development, Language-Thought, Student Success.

Description: Children raised in low socioeconomic status (SES) families do not do as well in school as children from high SES families. Why do you think that might be the case? You should be able to generate a long list of possible hypotheses. Perhaps the schools they go to are not as well supplied or… Read more »

Theory of Mind in Preschoolers: What’s in the Brain?

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Description: We know that preschoolers have trouble with (but are quite cute about) their understanding of other people’s thoughts, especially when other people’s thoughts are different than their own. If you show a 3.5 year old that a box of smarties (they are like M and M’s but are British/Canadian) contains short golf pencils rather… Read more »

Touch: Developmentally Important?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Prenatal Development.

Description: Can you think of a time when someone put their hand on your shoulder in a reassuring manner? Human touch is a positive experience. What about newborn infants? Or what about preterm (premature) infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s)? how might touch relate to development? Think about it and then read the linked… Read more »

How are Math and Anxiety Related?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Who said this: “the only way to overcome an inferiority complex about mathematics is to learn some”? It was a famous Psychologist (but it is not what they were best known for…). I will answer this question below, but first, think about this: do people develop anxiety about Math because they struggle with it… Read more »

Young Male Development and Extreme Behavior: Understanding → Prevention

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Development of the Self, General Psychology, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, The Self.

Description: Mass shootings are terrifying both in their consequences and in the challenges they pose when trying to figure out why they happened, if they could have been prevented  and what steps may be taken to reduce the likelihood of anything like them happening again. I am not talking here about acts of terrorism planned… Read more »

Birth Order and Relationships: What Matters and How Much?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Personality, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: What is your birth order within your family? Were you an only child? A first born? A middle child? A youngest child? What about your friends or your partner? Think about your initial reactions or your stereotyped (off the top of your head) thoughts about how First, Middle, Youngest or Only children vary in… Read more »

Parent → Child → Parent: Attachment Challenges and Fixes

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents.

Description: How influential do you think something that happened in your first year of life might be on your social and psychological functioning in adulthood? Short of losing a limb it is hard to imagine anything that could happen between birth and one year of age that would have much impact two or more decades… Read more »

Scanning Developing Infant Brains: A HUGE Methodological Challenge

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Neuroscience, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Physiology, Research Methods, Research Methods in ChD.

Description: You have probably heard or read about examples of the recent huge jump in research on the functioning of the human brain made possible with the use of fMRI or Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging that allows us to follow the inner neurochemical workings of the human brain while the human who owns it is… Read more »

Family Gatherings as Opportunities to Reflect on Developmental Baggage

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Personality Disorders, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: So are you (were you) looking forward to spending time with your family over the holiday break? If not or if you were reminded about the things you find difficult about being back together with your family what did you do? Sometimes being taken back to your childhood or adolescence by the social context… Read more »