Santa Lies and Other Reindeer Games

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Moral Development, Social Psychology.

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 »

Is “Everything Will Be OK” Good Advice for Anxious Children?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents.

Description: Imagine that a small child that you know is telling you that they feel anxious about some situation or upcoming event. Think about what you might say to them. If one of the things that you might say to them involve some version of telling them not to worry because everything will be okay… Read more »

Crying with an Accent??

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

Description: You probably recall hearing either in introductory course or in a child psychology course that infants, by the time there about eight months of age, have begun to tune themselves to the speech sounds represented in the languages being spoken around them in their homes. This early attention to spoken communication is taken to… Read more »

How Will Your First Year Go?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Are you a first-year student? If you are answer the following questions (and if you’re not think about how you would’ve answered them when you were a first-year student). Do you feel you belong here at college or university? Do you feel that you’re on equal footing with your fellow first-year students? How do… Read more »

How Good a “Reader” of Others Emotions Are You?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Social Cognition, Social Psychology.

Description: Are you a good reader of other people’s emotions. That is, when you watch someone’s facial expression and particularly when you look at their eyes are you very good at telling how they’re feeling? If you are, or if you’re not, what life experiences do you think have contributed to your level of ability… Read more »