Cranky, Crabble People: Maybe Surgical Brain Tuning Possible?

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Description: You have very likely heard the story of Phineas Gage, a tale often told in introductory psychology classes to introduce a discussion of functions related to various portions of the brain and to the executive control functions related to the frontal lobes in particular (if not there is a section in the linked article… Read more »

Researcher Bias, Facillitated Communication and Ouija Boards: Quite a Combination

Posted by & filed under Clinical Psychology, Consciousness, Disorders of Childhood, Human Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Research Methods, Research Methods in ADA, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: This could be a Criminal Minds script. A physician sees 2 infants from the same family in his sleep laboratory. Both showed signs of sleep apnea and shortly after discharge from the lab they each die of what is certified as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, part of which may be linked to prolonged apnea… Read more »

EQ: What is it? Should you get more?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, General Psychology, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intelligence, Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: In VERY general terms what makes you successful and happy in the world? Is being smart important? Well you would think IQ should or could help and in many ways, it certainly contributes BUT it is NOT the best predictor of career success and wellbeing and general life happiness. I suspect you know or… Read more »

Mirror Neurons and Moral Dilemmas: Bidirectional Ethical Opportunities and Challenges

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, General Psychology, Human Development, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Social Psychology.

Description: What brain based activations are associated with your tendency to consider causing harm to others in moral decision-making situations? Typically, we are asked questions in abstract or “hypothetical” manners. Would you consider causing pain to one person if it might result in information to needed to stop a bombing that could harms many others?… Read more »

Criminal Brains: Opportunties and ethical pitfalls of looking beyond minds

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Personality, Personality Disorders, Psychological Health.

Description: Have you ever watched an episode of the TV show Criminal Minds which fictionally focusses on the activities of an FBI behavioral analysis unit that hunts psychopaths? In the show there are many discussions of the sorts of developmental histories that amplify some psychopathic behavioral tendencies and of the sorts of things that can… Read more »

New Years Resolutions? Developmental Life Design is Better!

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Development of the Self, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: In my previous 2 blog posts (1. http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/human-development/resolutions-not-the-places-to-start-life-development-and-change/ and 2. http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/general-psychology/adult-development-and-aging/resolutions-better-to-work-on-life-engagement/)  I wrote about the Big Life Task of identity formation and about the bleak picture painted of how this important post-secondary developmental enterprise is seen as going for many (40 to 45%) emerging adults (18 to 29-year-old’s). I pointed out that there are a… Read more »

Resolutions? Better to Work on Life Engagement!

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Description: My previous blog (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/human-development/resolutions-not-the-places-to-start-life-development-and-change/) might have seemed a bit bleak in that it talked about how the largest proportion of 1st year university students (40 to 45%) utilize an Identity Processing Style called Diffused which suggests that in taking on the Big Life Task of figuring out who they are, where they are going,… Read more »

The Psychologies of Sycophants and Narcissists: Historical Shifts, Developmental Histories and Clear and Present Dangers

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Moral Development, Personality, Personality Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychological Disorders, The Self.

Description: What is a sycophant? Well, colloquially we sometimes use the term “suck up” as in “that person is a suck up” or “that person is really sucking up to the boss”. But what is going on in situations like that psychologically? There are a couple of hints for possible hypotheses in the pictures posted… Read more »

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 »