Criminal Brains: Opportunties and ethical pitfalls of looking beyond minds

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Personality, Personality Disorders, Psychological Health.

Description: Have you ever watched an episode of the TV show Criminal Minds which fictionally focusses on the activities of an FBI behavioral analysis unit that hunts psychopaths? In the show there are many discussions of the sorts of developmental histories that amplify some psychopathic behavioral tendencies and of the sorts of things that can… Read more »

What’s Wrong? … “Nothing”!! Changing the Conversations Between Parents and Teens

Posted by & filed under Emerging Adulthood, General Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Moral Development, Research Methods, Social Cognition, The Self.

Description: Think about this either based on personal experience or hypothetically. A teenager goes to school in the morning seeming rather relaxed and happy. At the end of the day they return home quiet (sullen) and clearly distracted. When one of their parents asks what is up they respond “nothing” in a grumpy tone and… Read more »

Are Student Anxiety Levels Skyrocketing? And if so why?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, mental illness, Stress, Student Success.

Description: Do you have feelings of anxiety especially associated with school, college or University? If you do you are not alone, and in fact, you may actually be in the majority of recent data is valid. Before reading the article linked below think a bit about why it might be that students these days are… Read more »

Emerging Adulthood and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Two “new” ideas smooshed together

Posted by & filed under Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: Ok, this post is not going to be anywhere near long enough to convey all that it should. That said, I am going to introduce you to two HUGE developmental concepts and then after only a bare “hello” I am going to toss an article at you that smacks them together in an interesting… Read more »

Refugee Distress and Mental Health: Trauma AND Other Factors

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Assessment, Depression, Disorders of Childhood, General Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Think about what sports of factors might be involved in how refugees cope with distress once they have arrived in a relatively safe place and are trying to get on with their lives. Certainly the potentially horrific stressful events they endured in their original homes and in their flight towards safety could be important… Read more »

Used to be we worried about TV time but now it is Screen Time that has us in a knot!

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Learning, Motivation-Emotion.

Description: Back when I was a child (a loooong time ago) one of the biggest parental concerns was whether or not they should limit the amount of time we spent watching television. After a couple of decades of research it was decided that the amount of television watched mattered partly because of what was watched… Read more »

Helping Others Cope with Test Anxiety: Knowing and Managing Your Advice

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Student Success.

Description: If you are an undergraduate student you hopefully have strategies in place that work to help you reduce stress and anxiety as big exams or presentations loom. So what advice would you offer to the parents of high school students about ways the parents can help their children not only manage anxiety but learn… Read more »

Teen Risk-taking: Biology and ?

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Research Methods.

Description: So we all know that teenagers are reckless right? By that, we mean that teenagers take more risks in their day-to-day lives when making decisions about what to do compared to younger and older people. There is not a lot of debate about this and usually we ascribe this observation to biological/developmental causes such… Read more »

Riding and Learning? How Does That Work?

Posted by & filed under Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Research Methods, Sensation-Perception.

Description: Is horseback riding good for children (in ways beyond getting them out of the house, away from screens and more active)? Decide what you think and then read the article linked below and see what the researchers report. Oh and if you think there might be a positive effect then explain why that might… Read more »

Dogs and Psychology: How do they help?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Have you heard or did you already know from personal experience that spending time with one or more dog can be of psychological benefit? This is a good example of something that many people believe to be true (and it actually is true) but most people, if you ask them cannot provide a solid… Read more »