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 »

Think About Psychological Contagion

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Development of the Self, Disorders of Childhood, Group Processes, Human Development, Social Perception, Somatic Symptoms Dissociative Disorders, Stress.

Description: For this blog entry I would like to suggest that you do things in a very specific order. First, click on each of the news coverage links below and read what each of them has to say about a news event that occurred in Calgary in early November, 2015. After you’ve looked at the… Read more »

Moving in Childhood and Later Mental Health

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Families and Peers, Human Development, Research Methods, Research Methods in ChD.

Description: Perhaps not surprisingly, it seems that moving a lot during childhood might be associated with poorer mental health outcomes. Before we move too quickly to advising parents and adding to public mental health policy with having a close look at the methodology of the study. Source: Moving during childhood links to poor mental health,… Read more »

Is Depression Catch-able?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, Disorders of Childhood, Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Ignoring the title of the article this post focuses upon for a second what would be your prediction? Is hanging around with depressed people likely to make you depressed? What about the opposite (hanging around with happy – or at least well-adjusted stable people)? Source: Science Daily: Happiness spreads but depressions doesn’t Date: August… Read more »

How are Preschoolers’ Sleep and Mental Health Related?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Consciousness, Disorders of Childhood, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Uncategorized.

Description: There may be a reciprocal relationship between sleep disorders in toddlers and psychological problems both concurrently and in the future. The research discussed in this article suggests that causality may go both ways with sleep issues giving rise to psychological problems and vice verse. The relationship is likely complex and other factors may be… Read more »

Early Roots of Empathy

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Development of the Self, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Social Cognition, The Self, Uncategorized.

Description: Figuring out how other people are feeling, especially when they are experiencing different emotions than we are is quite a challenge. When can preschoolers do this? Do they have to figure it out using some sort of cognitive emotional analysis or might they start by more simply empathically resonating with another’s emotional state? Source:… Read more »

The Imagination Game: Alan Turing

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Disorders of Childhood, Neuroscience, Uncategorized.

Description: The film The Imitation Game features the seriously talented Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing an unlikely British Second World War hero. From his signs of being somewhere along the Autism Spectrum Disorder Continuum (DSM-5) intellectual genius, his challenges with social interaction, and to his development of the Turing test (of either computer intelligence or… Read more »

Frances Kelsey: Canadian Who Blocked Thalidomide from Approval for Use in the United States

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Physiology, Prenatal Development, Uncategorized.

Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 24, 2014 Links: Video: http://bcove.me/q1bb3zon Article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-doctor-averted-disaster-by-keeping-thalidomide-out-of-the-us/article21721337/ The drug Thalidomide, which was found to be a powerful teratogen, was approved for use in Canada in the 1960’s largely on the strength of it already having been approved for use in the UK, other commonwealth countries and Germany. It… Read more »

Canada’s Thalidomide Babies are Aging, Struggling and Looking for Support

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Description: Read the article describing the long term developmental effects on Canadians whose Mothers were given the drug Thalidomide to treat insomnia and nausea early in their pregnancies (in the 1960’s). Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 21, 2014 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-aftermath-of-thalidomide/article21689771/ Thalidomide is a textbook teratogen. Prescribed as a sleeping pill or an anti-nausea… Read more »