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 »

Santa Lies and Other Reindeer Games

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Description: Okay, at the risk of once more convincing people that academics have particular talents for taking all the mystery and fun out of life, let me ask you to consider the important question of whether parents should continue to lie to their young children about the reality of good old Santa Claus. Even if… Read more »

Does Bad Hiding = Ego-centrism in Preschoolers?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Human Development, The Self.

Description: Have you ever watched young preschool children play hiding games? When my children were younger and we were out for a walk through the neighbourhood we would occasionally take turns running a little bit ahead, “hiding” behind a tree and then “surprising” the other person as they caught up to the tree. What was… Read more »

Sex, Brains, Trauma and PTSD

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: What you know but Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Specifically, what you know about the possible existence of sex differences? If you’re not sure, think for a minute about what your hypotheses might be. Among children, are males or females more susceptible to post-traumatic effects associated with the experience of traumatic stress? While you may… Read more »

“Nudge” Interventions Can Have BIG Developmental Impacts

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Psychological Health, Social Influence, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Student Success.

Description: How did your math courses go in high school? Was that level of performance about the same as you did in elementary school or did your performance levels change from elementary school to high school (especially as the math became more complicated)? It is quite common for students to feel like they hit a… Read more »

The Development/Learning of Prejudice: The Trump Effect (and what to do about it)

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Attitude Formation Change, Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Moral Development, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: From our Canadian perspective American presidential elections are often a source of interest, fascination, and sometimes concern. The current election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has raised a surprisingly large number of psychologically relevant points, issues and concerns. An article I posted earlier this year (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/general-psychology/abnormal-psychology/diagnosing-at-a-distance-what-about-donald/) talked about how psychologists are ethically… Read more »

Self-Discipline: Does More Grit = More Life Satisfaction

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Intelligence, Student Success.

Description: It is generally understood that attending and doing well at university requires a great deal of self-discipline. On the other hand, how you think about self-discipline and how you push yourself to get your required tasks done, according to the author of the article linked below, matters. How hard you drive yourself to get… Read more »