Why Watch Toddler TV?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Language Development.

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 »

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 »

Orchids and Dandelions: A Very Useful Developmental Dichotomy

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: Think of all the different ways in which you can think about and talk about developing children: shy – outgoing, independent – dependent, leaders—followers and on and on. All such dichotomies tend to focus on a part or aspect of children or child development and do not scale up well, into big pictures of… Read more »

Anger and Self-Regulation: Learn From the Inuit

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Child Development, Cultural Variation, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Indigenous Psychology, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: A huge part of growing up (well of developing and being “raised”) is learning how to self-regulate. Think of what small children do from time to time – they may have a tantrum when they do not get their way, they may eat all the cookies on the counter, they may be distracted by… Read more »

If all of your friends jumped off a bridge….. Groups, Conformity and Social Norms

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Group Processes, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Do you remember a time when you and your friends did something a bit ill-advised or a bit sketchy and when your parents asked why you went along you said, “because all my friends were doing it”? And, of course, one or the other or both of your parents said …. what? …. “if… Read more »

Attachment Styles and Sexual Desire in LGBTQ+ and Cisgender Adults

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, Gender-Role Development Sex Differences, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination.

Description: You have likely heard about research showing that the nature of our early attachment relationships with our primary caregivers have potential implications for our friendships go in grade school , our peer relations go in high school, our intimate relationships go in adulthood and what kind of parents we become if we take on… Read more »

Degree of Independance and Social Media: Socio-Historical Impacts on Development in Emerging Adulthood

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Early Social and Emotional development, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Answer two questions: Where you born before or after 1995? How old were you the first time you were allowed, by your parents, to out of your house and into your neighborhood by yourself? If you were born after 1995 you are more likely to have said 10, 11 or 12 years of age… Read more »

What Parts of Resilience are in the Brain?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Group Processes, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: In developmental psychology the term resilience has an interesting recent history. It debuted in research in the 1970’s in studies such as one looking at the children of Kuai.  That important study gathered detailed data regarding the prenatal, birth and post-natal experiences of every child born on the island of Kuai in Hawaii in… 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 »