Psychology of Covid-19: Stunting Children’s Social Growth?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, The Self.

Description: Have you heard of social referencing? Even very young infants do this. Basically, it involves looking at and reading another person’s face (facial expression) in order to find out what something that is around you means. Imagine a toddler sitting in a stroller beside a park bench that one of their parents is sitting… Read more »

Baby’s Heart Rate and Mother’s Mental Health

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: If you have even a passing interest in infant development you have likely previously run across concerns about post-partum depression. If so (or if not) consider this question. What is it about material anxiety and depression that potentially results in negative developmental outcomes for the infants of those mothers? Yes, of course it likely… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Anxieties and Uncertainties, What You Can DO About Them

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: I have posted previously about the stress associated with the high degrees of uncertainty associated with our immediate and longer-term futures in relation to the coronavirus. It is important to keep in mind that while many of the factors contributing to our uncertainty and the related stresses that accompany them are obvious; our health… Read more »

Of Marshmallows and Development: Social Implications

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Social Psychology, The Self.

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 »

Human Emotions: What is Universal and What is Not?

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Intergroup Relations, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, The Self.

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 »

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 »

Why Watch Toddler TV?

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Description: It is old news now, but do you recall any of the fuss about the Teletubbies TV show? When it first arrive to North American TV screens in 1997 there was an intense storm of media discussion about how very young children (2 and even younger) loved it and parents were perplexed as they… Read more »

Tough Developmental Times Need Real Superheros: Visit Mr Roger’s Neighborhood!

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Description: Mr. Rogers spoke to children from “his neighborhood” on television from 1968 through to 2001 (with a 2.5 hiatus in the later 70’s) and if you missed seeing him you can get the experience through a documentary (Won’t You Be my Neighbor) and through the recently released film with Tom Hanks as the man… Read more »

How ARE Childhood and Adult Stress Levels Linked?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Health Psychology, Human Development, Physiology, Research Methods, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: We are seeing more and more research in recent years examining the physiological and developmental consequences of stress. For example, we now better understand the ongoing impact of developmentally early traumatic experiences on subsequent development and psychological functioning and well being at both an observational level and increasingly at a physiological causal level. We… Read more »

We Need a Big Picture Understanding of Screen Time (and Who is Sox?)

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: You cannot have missed at least some of the range of stories regarding the amount of screen time children are spending and the concerns being raised about its possible impact on their development. We should be concerned but we should also be cautious about treating screen time like this month’s Tickle me Elmo, Furby,… Read more »