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 »

Poverty, Parental Education and Brain Development

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Prevention, Social Influence, Stress Coping - Health, Uncategorized.

Description: Does growing up in poverty have implications for developmental outcomes, yes it does. Why might that be? Well one possibility is that growing up in poverty has a negative impact upon the developmental growth of children’s brains. Sources: Huffington Post: Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development Date: March 30, 2015… Read more »

Pilots and Depression: Ethical Issues and Considerations

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Assessment: Clinical Decision Making, Assessment: Interviewing Observation, Assessment: Self-report Projective Measures, Clinical Health Psychology, Depression, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Health, Psychological Intervention, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Social Perception, Stress Coping - Health, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: It appears that the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane (on March 24, 2015) locked the pilot and remaining crew out of the cockpit and deliberately flew the plane into a mountainside killing everyone on board. Discussion and speculation about his mental health status and his previous struggles with depression raise a number of ethical… Read more »

Voodoo Science: Indigenous Knowledge and Medical and Psychiatric Treatments

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Research Methods, Research Methods in AP, Research Methods in CP, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: We generally assume that all new treatments for medical and psychiatric conditions come from western scientific labs or University based researchers, but is this actually the case? … not entirely. Sources: Ozy Daily Brief: Dr Prozac meet Dr Vodou Date: April 5, 2015 Photo Source: Carlos Cazalis/Corbis http://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/dr-prozac-meet-dr-vodou/36628 Links:    Dr Prozac meet Dr Vodou:… Read more »

Magic of Science or the Science of Magic

Posted by & filed under Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Uncategorized.

Description: Is Magic actually magic? Well, Hogwarts aside, while what is presented as magic typically involves fancy hand-work and misdirection another big part of “magic” involves “reading” people. Some performers suggest that can actually see into peoples’ minds and read what is there. Jay Alexander seems to have this level of skill but he is… Read more »

Good Soldier or Good Actor? Can Supervisors spot the brown-nosers?

Posted by & filed under Group Processes, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Uncategorized.

Description: Can supervisors tell the difference between workers who are actually trying to help the company or team enterprise and which ones are just sucking up to gain favour and proportion? This study examined that question directly to see if supervisors could tell the difference between good soldiers (selflessly deserving of rewards) or good actors… Read more »

Shopping When Hungry (BUT not for food!)

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Description: Food shopping when hungry leads to more food buying (no surprise there) but doing ANY type of shopping when hungry may well lead to more buying. Source: Health Day (US news) Date: February 20, 2015 photo from the Us New Article Online Links:     Article Link – http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/02/20/hungry-in-the-department-store-your-spending-may-rise I suspect you have heard that… Read more »

Internet Addiction and Treatment: A film focused on Chinese Teenagers Mental Growth Center

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Disorders of Childhood, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Legal Ethical Issues, Persuasion, Psychological Intervention, Social Influence, Substance-Related Disorders, Uncategorized.

Source: YouTube and others, see links below Date: November 24, 2014 Links:     Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqctG3NnDa0 Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/opinion/chinas-web-junkies.html?_r=0 Review Blog from Sundance Festival: http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/sundance-review-web-junkie-explores-internet-addiction-in-china IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2064745/ The video clip linked here and the larger documentary film from which it was taken shows the approach to treatment of Internet Addiction among teenagers taken within China. China… Read more »