Resolutions? Not the places to start life development and change

Posted by & filed under Human Development, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: As I sit writing this it is December 31, New Year’s Eve (News Year’s Eve Day Morning to be perfectly correct).  In previous years around new year’s I have posted about resolutions and about how Psychological research suggests our performance when we strike out into new behaviors as a result of a new year’s… Read more »

The Psychologies of Sycophants and Narcissists: Historical Shifts, Developmental Histories and Clear and Present Dangers

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Moral Development, Personality, Personality Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychological Disorders, The Self.

Description: What is a sycophant? Well, colloquially we sometimes use the term “suck up” as in “that person is a suck up” or “that person is really sucking up to the boss”. But what is going on in situations like that psychologically? There are a couple of hints for possible hypotheses in the pictures posted… Read more »

Developmental Research and Santa: Should Parents Own Up?

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

Description: A seasonal question: at what point if ever should you tell your children the truth about Santa? Well, as any good developmental psychologist should, I am going to tell you to have a look at what the data says and the article linked below provides a number of things to think about in relation… Read more »

Narcissism and Millennials: Don’t Judge, Get the Data!

Posted by & filed under General Psychology, Group Processes, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Personality, selfies, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, The Self.

Description: If you were born after 1980 then you are a “millennial”, at least according to Pop-Psyc (what non-psychologists are saying that is “based in” Psychology). And, what have you heard about your “generation”? Narcissistic? Entitled? Snowflakes? Etc. etc.? Other than the older generations dumping on the current youth/young adult cohort (believe me this has… Read more »

Regrets: Don’t Have a Few, Just Have Fewer of Them

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Student Success, The Self.

Description: How quickly can you come up with a personal example of a situation where you’re a choice that you made (or did not make) resulting in regrets, wishing you had done something different or simply wondering if perhaps you should have done something different or not acted at all. If people are honest then… Read more »

Infant – Parent “Conversations”: Synchronization of Vocalizations, Movements, AND Brainwaves!

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

Description:  You may have heard in and an Introductory Psychology course or in a Child Development course that when a mother talks to her infant (fathers too) the parent changes their vocal patterns by exaggerating aspects of their speech in what we sometimes call “Motherese.” You may have also heard or even seen video examples… Read more »

Do Birds Learn to Sing the Same Way that Infants Learn to Speak?

Posted by & filed under Human Development, Language Development, Language-Thought, Learning, Sensation-Perception.

Description: Before you read any further go and listen to these two YouTube linked videos ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaC6D1cW1Hs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVuUMCLF48k). They feature birdsong, an specifically Zebra Finch birdsong. Now you have not likely thought of this but birds have to sing the right songs the right way if they are to get by in their worlds…. Read more »

Who or What is Telling What to Who? Dream Interpretation Today

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Human Development, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: If you have taken an introductory psychology course you have likely heard a bit about Freud’s psychodynamic theory and about his views on the subject of dreams and the manifest (surface) and latent (deep, symbolic) content he argued that they hold. The idea that dreams are “the royal road to the unconscious” (Freud), in… 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 »

How are Religiosity and Cognition Related? Perhaps not as you might think.

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Language-Thought, Moral Development, The Self.

Description: At first glance it may seem odd or perhaps inappropriate to conduct research into the nature and even into the brain function associated with religious belief. However, rather than seeing religious belief and science as antithetical think a bit about what sorts of cognitive functioning might be correlated with religious belief. For example, how… Read more »