Studying Mindfulness: The Operationalization Challenge

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Description: You cannot have missed the multitude of posts, offers and claims out there regarding the value of Mindfulness. Learning how to be more present in our current moments has been suggested as a way of focusing attention, reducing anxiety, and avoiding stress. But what about the data? Does it support the claims? And more… Read more »

Thinking REALLY Small to Make BIG Changes

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Description: Think about one or two things about yourself or your life or your regular habits that you would like to change. Now without too much reflection think about what you would do if you wanted to implement a change in each of those areas. How big a first step did you imagine taking? If… Read more »

Screen Time and BIG Data: Just The Start

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Description: I posted recently about a new welcome line of research that has started to look more closely at the issue of screen time and its potential negative (AND positive) effects of development, mental health and well-being. What was not clear in the post, or in the article it linked to, was why the large… Read more »

Beyond Screen Time as a Variable to Screen Time as a Research Domain

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

Description: We have looked at the issue of screen time and its potential effects on development before on this site. There is no doubt that children and adolescents (not to mention adults) are spending a lot more time with screens than even just 10 years ago. What has made the research into this question hard… Read more »

Stop Misleading Yourself and Do a Sleep Audit

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Description: How much sleep do you usually get each night? Are you sure? Do you know how much sleep you should get each night? Do you know what impact getting less sleep than you need would have on you? What about if you got less sleep than you need each night for 2 weeks (say… Read more »

Fred Rogers: Superhero!

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children and Adolescents.

Description: In a recent post I suggested that what the world needs a new superhero and that the best candidate I could think of was a man who wore red cardigan sweaters, spoke very clearly and slowly in ways that made him VERY understandable by preschoolers and who spoke about important things like strong emotions… Read more »

Uh Oh! Here Comes New Year’s!

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Description: OK so, I hate to be the one to bring it up but hiding just on the other side of exams and the holiday break is a new year, yes a new year, complete with the opportunity to yet again make a few New Year’s resolutions. Ah New Year’s resolutions! How do they work… Read more »

Social Media and Self-Esteem: A BIG picture Perspective

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Social Influence, Social Perception, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: You have most certainly heard more than a few concerns offered or even alarms raised regarding the potentially negative effects arising from social media use particularly among teams. Many have arisen from population level observations of correlations between rates of social media use and anxiety or depression or other negative outcomes, but such studies… Read more »

Literacy and Dementia: Think About It!

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Description: Here is a somewhat backhanded test of your current understanding of factors relating to rates of dementia in elder individuals. What would you predict about the comparable rates of depression among otherwise similar groups of literate and illiterate elderly individuals? If you think there will be a rate difference between these two groups what… Read more »

Live Long and Prosper? Smile and Live Long!

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Description: There are thousands and thousands of little postings out there on online that offer you small tidbits of information and that claim that those tidbits of information are potentially life altering. I am sure you realize that the main purpose of those tidbit postings is to capture and hold your attention just long enough… Read more »