Symtoms that are “In Your Head” can be Very Real

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Consciousness, mental illness, Neuroscience, Pain-General, Psychological Disorders, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Somatic Symptoms Dissociative Disorders, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: What would you think if you went to the emergency at your local hospital with intense stomach pain and were told after examination that they could find nothing wrong with you and that maybe the pain was “just in your head”? Does that mean you are crazy (to use the technical term)? Well the… Read more »

Is a Good Night’s Sleep Before Exams a Good Idea? Here is the Data!

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Emerging Adulthood, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: If you are a student (high school, college or university) I suspect you have heard more than once that a good night’s sleep the night before big exams (finals!) is strongly recommended. If you are a psychology student, or have had a research aware teacher, you may have also heard some of the following,… Read more »

Degree of Independance and Social Media: Socio-Historical Impacts on Development in Emerging Adulthood

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Depression, Early Social and Emotional development, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Answer two questions: Where you born before or after 1995? How old were you the first time you were allowed, by your parents, to out of your house and into your neighborhood by yourself? If you were born after 1995 you are more likely to have said 10, 11 or 12 years of age… Read more »

Failure Leads to Success: Just How Does That Work?

Posted by & filed under Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success, The Self.

Description: Does failure lead to more failure or to success? You have probably heard from one source or another that we learn more from failure than from success which would suggest some sort of a link between failure and subsequent success. But is that true and if so just how is it that failure could… Read more »

What Parts of Resilience are in the Brain?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Group Processes, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: In developmental psychology the term resilience has an interesting recent history. It debuted in research in the 1970’s in studies such as one looking at the children of Kuai.  That important study gathered detailed data regarding the prenatal, birth and post-natal experiences of every child born on the island of Kuai in Hawaii in… Read more »

Dealing with Problematic Drinking in High School: A Developmental Approach

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Psychological Intervention, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: There are many issues and problems that can benefit from a developmental perspective. We can try and find ways to address reduce or fix problems when they arise. For example, we can address the problems associated with some risk-seeking young drivers by suspending their licenses after fewer demerit points than would be true for… Read more »

Suicide Prediction Algorythms: Possible? Ethical? Essential?

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Legal Ethical Issues, Prevention, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Health, Research Methods, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: Suicides are preventable, but, ….. predicting suicide attempts so that timely assistance and support can be offered is incredibly difficult. Part of the problem, from an epidemiological perspective, is that suicide is a statistically rare event (annually 11 per 100,000 per year in Canada currently) but still, 10 people a day commit suicide in… Read more »

Biology and Mental Illness: Why No Cures Yet?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Research Methods, Schizophrenia, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: We have drugs that treat mental disorders like schizophrenia and depression so do we have cures for those disorders? One of the reasons given for the focus shift taken by Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others to Positive Psychology (optimizing things for everyone) is that we have addressed mental illness and can move on…. Read more »

Football (or Hockey) and High School Brains

Posted by & filed under Emerging Adulthood, Health Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Psychological Health.

Description: There are concussions in hockey and football. The data on this is getting clearer and clearer. But the question of what this means for those games remains unclear. Can better helmets be made? Can rules against headshots (consistently enforced) reduce the rate and severity of concussion and related head injuries? Research is ongoing. Here… Read more »

Ancient Shamanistic Practices and ‘Modern’ Problem Solving: Being Human

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Intergroup Relations, mental illness, Psychological Disorders, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: While not trying to be overly dramatic it is possible to say that the 2018 American midterm elections which are occurring in 2 days are the centerpiece in a social climate fraught with uncertainty. There are legions of reporters, supporters, pundits and even a few politicians telling us how we should think about this… Read more »