Theory of Mind in Preschoolers: What’s in the Brain?

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Human Development, Learning, Neuroscience, The Self.

Description: We know that preschoolers have trouble with (but are quite cute about) their understanding of other people’s thoughts, especially when other people’s thoughts are different than their own. If you show a 3.5 year old that a box of smarties (they are like M and M’s but are British/Canadian) contains short golf pencils rather… Read more »

Rorschach Redux

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Personality Disorders, Research Methods, Research Methods in CP, Social Cognition, Social Influence, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: A little while back I posted on an article that was looking at new ways to use the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test. In that post and in the accompanying article the discussion was somewhat skeptical about whether or not the Rorschach “Inkblot” Test has any valid place in current clinical, psychiatric or forensic practice. I… Read more »

Resist the Self-Help Craze: Resistance is NOT Futile!

Posted by & filed under Development of the Self, Human Development, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Legal Ethical Issues, Moral Development, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Spank your inner child! Well that may be an extreme sentiment but what are we to make of the thriving and, at times, overwhelming self-help industry of books, websites, television shows etc etc? Is there no pushback? Well, yes, there is. Svend Brinkmann is a Danish psychologist and philosopher (nice combination!) who has written… Read more »

Impulsivity: What Does It Predict?

Posted by & filed under General Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Personality, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Given a choice would you rather have $40 right now or $80 next month? Seriously, which would you likely pick? Picking $40 now may seem like a small thing but it may reflect a fairly broad reaching underlying cognitive style of impulsivity. What sorts of day to day behaviors do you think would be… Read more »

Young Male Development and Extreme Behavior: Understanding → Prevention

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Development of the Self, General Psychology, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Persuasion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, The Self.

Description: Mass shootings are terrifying both in their consequences and in the challenges they pose when trying to figure out why they happened, if they could have been prevented  and what steps may be taken to reduce the likelihood of anything like them happening again. I am not talking here about acts of terrorism planned… Read more »

Birth Order and Relationships: What Matters and How Much?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Personality, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: What is your birth order within your family? Were you an only child? A first born? A middle child? A youngest child? What about your friends or your partner? Think about your initial reactions or your stereotyped (off the top of your head) thoughts about how First, Middle, Youngest or Only children vary in… Read more »

Moral Flexibility and Other Effects: The Case of International Travel

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Attitude Formation Change, Development of the Self, Human Development, Intergroup Relations, Language-Thought, Motivation-Emotion, Research Methods, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Student Success, The Self.

Description: International travel to exotic places and cultures is a broadening experience right? Certainly my own research on identity development suggests that travel, whether part of gap year before or during post-secondary study or after your university experience or at any point in life can broaden your horizons, help you to see wider possibilities and… Read more »

Toxic Bosses: Find Out About the Dark Side of Personality

Posted by & filed under Aggression, Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Personality, Personality Disorders, Social Psychology, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Having a boss who is “certifiable” is clearly not going to be good for one’s wellbeing and mental health but what collections of boss personality traits are the most toxic? Well what comes to mind in relation to the term “dark triad of personality traits?” Darth Vader? … not far off the mark actually…. Read more »

Resilience: What makes us stronger?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: How is it that some people who experience traumatic events seem to do better in the long run than others? Decades ago Emmy Werner conducted a huge study on the island of Kauai in Hawaii (beginning in 1955) which ran for 32 years and which looked at the life experiences of every child born… Read more »