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 »

Scaring Babies for Science: But Ethically This Time

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Intervention.

Description: If you have had an introductory psychology course you have likely learned something about phobias. Phobia’s are usually described as irrational fears. Learning theorists (John Watson foremost among them) argued that phobias are learned when a situation or object or animal is associated with a fear inducing stimulus such as an unexpected loud sound…. Read more »

Infant – Parent “Conversations”: Synchronization of Vocalizations, Movements, AND Brainwaves!

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Language Development, Language-Thought, Learning, Neuroscience.

Description:  You may have heard in and an Introductory Psychology course or in a Child Development course that when a mother talks to her infant (fathers too) the parent changes their vocal patterns by exaggerating aspects of their speech in what we sometimes call “Motherese.” You may have also heard or even seen video examples… Read more »

Vaping and Smoking: What should we think, what should we do?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Physical Illness, Prevention, Social Influence, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: I was at a hockey game the other day and watched the usual video announcement asking fans to refrain from foul language, fighting, drunken behavior or smoking including the use of e-cigarettes. I have occasionally wondered about the equating of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in sporting venues or elsewhere in public places. After all, the… Read more »

“Further Research” and the Growth Mindset: Applying Psychological Research

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Student Success.

Description: I have written about Carol Dweck’s research on the “growth mindset’ before. Dweck’s research indicates that when students encounter difficult material (like say in Math) the attributions they make when their performance is not good on exams etc. makes a difference in their future performance. Performing poorly and deciding this reflects one’s basic lack… Read more »

What if We Could Turn Executive Function On and Off?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Assessment: Intellectual Cognitive Measures, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, General Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Executive function or the process by which parts of your brain essentially tell other parts of your brain what to do, is a topic of intense interest as executive functioning, or [problems in executive functioning, may be related to a very broad range of issues from ADHD, to anxiety to OCD to name a… Read more »

Primal Screams: Socio-historical Contexts of Psychological Theory and Therapy and Arthur Janov’s Obituary

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, General Psychology, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: When I was in high school (back in the old days of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s) I had a good friend whose mother was a practitioner of Janov’s Primal Scream therapy. Part of the basement in their house was lined with mattresses and there were bins of stuffed animals, boxing gloves and… Read more »

Empathy, University Students, and Employability: Is a fix needed?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, General Psychology, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: I have provided two article links below. The first is to a general online article that talks about the sorts of things parents and teachers should be working on with children that will make those children more employable later on in young adulthood. That article concludes by suggesting that training in empathy for all… Read more »

Baby Wails: Adults do not only respond because they are cute

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Language-Thought.

Description: Years ago while sitting in a park watching a couple of my children play I saw a fascinating exchange. A small boy, about 3 years old, tripped getting off of a swing and did what looked like a quite painful face-plant onto the ground (no there was no pea gravel or shredded tires to… Read more »