History, Development, Autonomy, and Old Enough?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cultural Variation, Development of the Self, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Human Development, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, The Self.

Description: Ok, here is a challenging question. Imagine you are a parent, and your child is 4 years old, and you need some butter for a recipe you are working on for a large family dinner, but you have several things in the oven and on the stove and you cannot leave (Covid inspired delivery… Read more »

Perfectionism: A Growing Problem That Needs A Wider Perspective

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Psychology, Cultural Variation, Emerging Adulthood, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Prevention, Stress: Coping Reducing, The Self.

Description: Are you aware of the consistent finding that the rates of perfectionism among adolescents and emerging adults have increased dramatically over the past 20 to 30 years? Young people driving themselves to be perfect, holding themselves to I possibly high standards, and believing that doing so is essential to moving forward positively in life… Read more »

Ways of Knowing the Brain and Mind: Indigenous Perspectives

Posted by & filed under Clinical Assessment, Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Indigenous Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders.

Description: Think about this question: Is neuroscience (brain science) universal or does it, or should it, vary across diverse cultural communities? On the one hand, brains are brains, right? On the other hand, a HUGE part of what goes into mental health, wellness and dealing with mental illness IS culturally linked isn’t it? Which of… Read more »

Why Being Able to Tell How Nikola is Feeling by Looking Might Be Important

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, General Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Social Cognition, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: We humans are remarkably good at expressing our emotions through our facial expressions (think about how hard it is to hide them, say, for example when you are playing poker or otherwise trying to noy show others what you are feeling). We are rather good at reading other people’s facial expressions too. Darwin wrote… Read more »

Gender and Wisdom?

Posted by & filed under Adult Development and Aging, Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, Cultural Variation, Intelligence, Personality, Social Cognition, Social Psychology.

Description: Think about what you have read, learned or heard about wisdom. It is not a characteristic typically applied to young people, is it? In fact, it is one of the few positive things associated with aging and with advanced age in particular. Why is that? What is it about wisdom that leads us to… Read more »

Would Addiction be More Treatable if it Was Not a Crime?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Learning, Legal Ethical Issues, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Persuasion, Stereotype Prejudice Discrimination, Stress Coping - Health, Substance-Related Disorders.

Description: Think about how you would answer this question. Why do we arrest people found in possession of personal use amounts of addictive drugs and often send them to jail? Is it because we think that the threat of arrest will be a deterrent to becoming addicted? How is that working out for us? What… Read more »

Is Our Attention Slipping or is it Being Stolen?

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Legal Ethical Issues, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: Consider this shift over recent historical time (time that I have lived through so far). Time was that one of the most common bits of advice offered regarding how to live a more effective life or at least how to work more efficiently and profitably was to learn how to multi-task or to do… Read more »

Population Behavior Change via Nudging is Good and Effective, Right? Maybe NOT

Posted by & filed under Attitude Formation Change, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Industrial Organizational Psychlology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Motivation-Emotion, Persuasion, Social Influence, Social Psychology, Social Psychology.

Description: What is a nudge? Might be a slight poke in the arm used to get someone’s attention or to announce your arrival to a friend who had their back turned to you. But more than a tap, nudges more typically are thought of as things that get people moving in a particular direction. As… Read more »

Campfires Are in Your Genes

Posted by & filed under Altruism Prosocial Behaviour, Cultural Variation, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Group Processes, Health Psychology, Intergroup Relations, Neuroscience, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: What does sitting around a campfire with friends do for you? Yes, it can keep you warm, it can give you something to do after dark when camping with minimal artificial light, it can give you a chance to exchange scary stories but what can it also do for your physical and possibly mental… Read more »

Psychosomatic: Considering the Socio-Cultural in Biopsychsocial Models

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Somatic Symptoms Dissociative Disorders.

Description: A group of high school students in the same class all start to show similar symptoms or anxiety and nausea. The school they attend is temporarily closed and a search is undertaken for pollutants or contaminants that could have caused the reported symptoms. None are found though over the week the school is closed… Read more »