Walter Mischel’s Marshmallow Test: Get it Right!

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Description: Do you know what the Marshmallow Test is? (No, it does not involve a campfire and smores).  The test was set up by Walter Mischel who recently passed away at the age of 88. As described in the video embedded in the article linked below, the marshmallow test, I its simplest form, provides young… Read more »

Prescription Play: It is Good For Children and Adults!

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Human Development, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: There seems to be an epidemic of stress and anxiety among emerging adults at college and university and we have, and will in weeks to come, look at research on this topic from many angles given its importance and timeliness? For now, let us have a developmental look at an aspect of early developmental… Read more »

The Opioid Crisis: Is a Broader Perspective Needed?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Chronic Illness, Clinical Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Physiology, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders, The Self.

Description: There is an opioid overdose epidemic in North America. In 2017, 4,000 people in Canada and 72,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses. I don’t know what you have been hearing or reading about what is behind these astonishing and terrifying numbers, but there is a lot to consider and a… Read more »

Ancestral Farming Practices and Current Starbucks Behavior: Do We Need to Dig Deeper Culturally Speaking?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Indigenous Psychology, Research Methods, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in ChD, Research Methods in CP, Research Methods in SP, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Let’s start by thinking about the role that culture can play in individual behavior. First, do you believe your culture can influence your behavior? Well, cross-cultural developmental psychologists make the clear argument that, generally speaking, Japanese mothers work to socialize their young children to be more dependent upon or to see themselves as less… Read more »

Shame Comes in Types with Various Social and Developmental Implications

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, The Self.

Description: What is shame? When do people feel shame or feel ashamed? How is shame different than guilt? At its simplest level, shame involves a loss of social connection or a loss of social respect. Think about what feelings, thoughts, and social scenarios would come to mind if someone opened a conversation with you by… Read more »

Addicted Babies? Time for a rethink!

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Health Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Prenatal Development, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: In the 31 years that I have been teaching courses in child development I have said a number of things that, in the face of more recent research, discussion, and intervention designs and outcomes, have turned out to have been wrong (or at least in need of adjustment). One of these is the statement… 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 »

Developmental Research and Santa: Should Parents Own Up?

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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 »

Infant – Parent “Conversations”: Synchronization of Vocalizations, Movements, AND Brainwaves!

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

Description:  You may have heard in and an Introductory Psychology course or in a Child Development course that when a mother talks to her infant (fathers too) the parent changes their vocal patterns by exaggerating aspects of their speech in what we sometimes call “Motherese.” You may have also heard or even seen video examples… Read more »

How are Religiosity and Cognition Related? Perhaps not as you might think.

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Language-Thought, Moral Development, The Self.

Description: At first glance it may seem odd or perhaps inappropriate to conduct research into the nature and even into the brain function associated with religious belief. However, rather than seeing religious belief and science as antithetical think a bit about what sorts of cognitive functioning might be correlated with religious belief. For example, how… Read more »