Of Marshmallows and Development: Social Implications

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Description: You know about the Marshmallow Test, don’t you? A preschool child is seated in a small room at a table on which is a plate and single marshmallow. The child is told that the adult researchers is going to leave the room for a time (usually 10 to 15 minutes) and that the child… Read more »

Magic and Psychology: Sort Them Out or Fold Them Together?

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Description: Think back to the last time you saw a magician at work and in particular when they either made something disappear or, perhaps, appear or reappear unexpectedly or ‘magically’. What were you thinking about as they made those things happen? Were you trying to figure out how they did it? Were you trying to… Read more »

Human Emotions: What is Universal and What is Not?

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Description: If you have taken an introductory Psychology course you have certainly seen some version of the picture below showing facial expressions of emotion and you likely saw the picture in the context of a part of a lecture on the universality (across cultures) of basic human emotions such as those showing on the faces… Read more »

Screen Time and BIG Data: Just The Start

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Depression, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Research Methods in ADA, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Social Psychology.

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 »

Is (or When is) City Living Good For You?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Human Development, mental illness, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: Is city living good for you? When lecturing on mental health and illness I usually refer to research suggesting that rates of a number of mental disorders are higher in urban centers but that causal nature of that observation is problematic as cities are where most mental health treatment centers are located and most… 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 »

Do You Know Enough About the Vagus Nerve?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Do you know what the Vagus nerve is and what it does? Well, to begin with, it is not a single nerve cell but rather a complex nerve network with connections throughout the body. In terms of what it does, we are still working on that one, but it could be loosely described as… Read more »

Left-handedness: A Good Way to Look at NatureNurture

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Description: There are fewer left-handed people than right-handed people in the world, right? Yes, that is true, but the proportions vary from place to place and maybe from time to time. So, how does handedness play out from an evolutionary perspective? It is often difficult to think through how the interaction of nature (genetics) and… 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 »

Problems With Listening and Empathy: Psychology needs Philosophical Friends

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Description: Empathy is a very challenging concept for Psychology and being empathic is a very challenging thing for many people to figure out how to do. Empathy is challenging Western Psychology because Western Psychology focusses best and most intently on individuals and on their self-understandings and self-management practices. This means that when Psychology trys to… Read more »