Touch: Developmentally Important?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Prenatal Development.

Description: Can you think of a time when someone put their hand on your shoulder in a reassuring manner? Human touch is a positive experience. What about newborn infants? Or what about preterm (premature) infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s)? how might touch relate to development? Think about it and then read the linked… Read more »

Parent → Child → Parent: Attachment Challenges and Fixes

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents.

Description: How influential do you think something that happened in your first year of life might be on your social and psychological functioning in adulthood? Short of losing a limb it is hard to imagine anything that could happen between birth and one year of age that would have much impact two or more decades… Read more »

Resilience: What makes us stronger?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: How is it that some people who experience traumatic events seem to do better in the long run than others? Decades ago Emmy Werner conducted a huge study on the island of Kauai in Hawaii (beginning in 1955) which ran for 32 years and which looked at the life experiences of every child born… Read more »

Sex, Brains, Trauma and PTSD

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

Description: What you know but Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Specifically, what you know about the possible existence of sex differences? If you’re not sure, think for a minute about what your hypotheses might be. Among children, are males or females more susceptible to post-traumatic effects associated with the experience of traumatic stress? While you may… Read more »

The Development/Learning of Prejudice: The Trump Effect (and what to do about it)

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Attitude Formation Change, Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Moral Development, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: From our Canadian perspective American presidential elections are often a source of interest, fascination, and sometimes concern. The current election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has raised a surprisingly large number of psychologically relevant points, issues and concerns. An article I posted earlier this year (http://wileypsychologyupdates.ca/general-psychology/abnormal-psychology/diagnosing-at-a-distance-what-about-donald/) talked about how psychologists are ethically… Read more »

Self-Discipline: Does More Grit = More Life Satisfaction

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Intelligence, Student Success.

Description: It is generally understood that attending and doing well at university requires a great deal of self-discipline. On the other hand, how you think about self-discipline and how you push yourself to get your required tasks done, according to the author of the article linked below, matters. How hard you drive yourself to get… Read more »

Is “Everything Will Be OK” Good Advice for Anxious Children?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents.

Description: Imagine that a small child that you know is telling you that they feel anxious about some situation or upcoming event. Think about what you might say to them. If one of the things that you might say to them involve some version of telling them not to worry because everything will be okay… Read more »

Crying with an Accent??

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

Description: You probably recall hearing either in introductory course or in a child psychology course that infants, by the time there about eight months of age, have begun to tune themselves to the speech sounds represented in the languages being spoken around them in their homes. This early attention to spoken communication is taken to… Read more »

How Good a “Reader” of Others Emotions Are You?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Social Cognition, Social Psychology.

Description: Are you a good reader of other people’s emotions. That is, when you watch someone’s facial expression and particularly when you look at their eyes are you very good at telling how they’re feeling? If you are, or if you’re not, what life experiences do you think have contributed to your level of ability… Read more »

Is There Developmental Magic in Family Dinners?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development.

Description: Sitting down to dinner at least four times a week with at least one adult has consistently been shown to contribute powerfully to children’s resilience and to their general positive development. This is one of those findings where on its face it is not entirely clear what the underlying causal factors are that’s producing… Read more »