Mental Illness and Parent Blaming: Here We Go Again??

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Early Social and Emotional development, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Human Development, Legal Ethical Issues, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia.

Description: Psychologist Oliver James, in a recently released book entitled Not in Your Genes: The Real Reason Parents Are Like Their Children (2016), argues that there is no evidence for the claim that genetics plays any sort of role whatsoever in core disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depression. The article linked below points out some… Read more »

Your Brain on a New Sport

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Health and Prevention In Aging, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Neuroscience, Successful Aging.

Description: Exercise is good for your brain. Well there is a no-brainer! Of course maintaining healthy fit lifestyle is good for all aspects of your physiological functioning but the research discussed in the article linked below takes a much more specific look to this question and indicates that exercise alone is not optimal. Read the… Read more »

Parent Depression and Child Grades

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Depression, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intelligence.

Description: It is fairly well documented that students struggling with depression do not do as well in school when compared to the nondepressed peers. However, consider this question, how well will children do if one of their parents is depressed rather than the child themselves being depressed? Consider the question and then read the article… Read more »

Does Executive Function Coaching Make the Difference in Academic Performance?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Human Development, Learning.

Description: Do you know what executive function is? Perhaps more importantly inlooking at your own academic performance or perhaps a child’s school performance with there be some value in hiring an executive function coach above and beyond finding a tutor in subjects where you were the child is struggling? This podcast from NPR looks at… Read more »

Finding What Makes for Healthy Cognitive Aging

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Health Psychology, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Psychological Health, Research Methods, Work Retirement Leisure Patterns.

Description: What sort of activities make for healthier mental aging? Read this article and find out about some possibilities. Source: Mentally Challenging Activities Key to a Healthy Aging Mind Date: January 15, 2016 Photo Credit: americanbedu.com Links: Article Link — http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160115100906.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Fpsychology+%28Psychology+News+–+ScienceDaily%29 So here is a research question. Are older people who engage in mentally challenging… Read more »

Experiences that Teach Empathy?

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Intergroup Relations, Moral Development, Neuroscience.

Description: Within Western society, we typically view the basic psychological unit of analysis to be an autonomous self-interested individual person. This basic unit of analysis gives rise to problems only consider concepts like empathy or prosocial behaviour where individuals act apparently against their self-interest by helping others. So if we are self-interested why would we… Read more »

Eating Disorders and Intervention Website Suprises

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Eating Disorders, Health Psychology, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Imagine that you were involved in the development of a website that was intended to reach out to young women struggling with eating disorders that part of your site involves having young women with anorexia talk about the sorts of things they struggled with what they were engaged with the disorder. Would you view… Read more »

Rethinking Autism?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Legal Ethical Issues, mental illness.

Description: When you think of disorders such as Autism or Asperger’s syndrome which of the following words comes was quickly to mind? Would be inferior? Or perhaps disordered? Or how about simply different? This radio interview with Steve Silverman author of the book noted below might cause you to rethink your initial reaction to the… Read more »

Brain Connections and ADHD

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Child Development, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Disorders of Childhood, Human Development, Neuroscience.

Description: Is attention deficit disorder a true brain disorder or a functional disorder based on such things as lack of motivation and insufficient training and attention management? This article addresses part of this question. Source: A peek at Brain Connections May Reveal Attention Deficits, Shots: Health News from APR, Jon Hamilton Date: November 30, 2015… Read more »