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Developmental Psychology

Mental Health Awareness Month in a Climate of Denial

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.11.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

There is mental illness that is savage in its invasion and brutal in its takeover of the human spirit. Mental illness, including less dramatic states ...

Children's 'Intelligence' Can Fluctuate Much More Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.18.2016 | Science

Humans are dynamic beings -- the result of a complex web of inherited traits and environmental factors. So does nature or nurture ultimately dominate...

What Child Prodigies Can Teach Us About Autism

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.16.2016 | Science

From a 17-year-old math whiz with two college degrees to a 12-year-old jazz pianist nominated for a Grammy Award, how does a child come to develop the...

How Being Tall As a Child Impacted Me

Alexandra Allam | Posted 06.02.2016 | Women
Alexandra Allam

When you're a tall girl growing up, you don't get to be the tall guy's shoulder-rest. You miss out on being the one chosen to practice séances on at sleepovers. You can't fit into good niches in hide-and-go-seek.

Child Welfare Reform: Effecting Real Change -- At Last

Sidney Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Sidney Goldberg

It stretches the imagination that anything similar to child welfare's enduring status quo would not evoke public outcry in other fields such as law, business or medicine. Child welfare involve families too and they deserve nothing less than the most competent assistance.

Bizarre Study Shows Babies Know Basic Biology

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 09.16.2013 | Science

Despite never having performed surgery or dissected an animal, 8-month-old babies expect living creatures to have insides, new research suggests. The...

EXPLAINED: How Babies Learn Fear Of Heights

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science

As any parent knows, babies aren't born with a fear of heights. In fact, infants can act frighteningly bold around the edge of a bed or a changing tab...

Understanding Children's Emotions: The Importance of Curiosity and Interest

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Many of us may not, at first, think of interest as an emotion. Psychologists and neuroscientists, however, now regard interest as a fundamental emotion -- an emotion that motivates and guides our engagement in the world.

Does Hate Live Among Us?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

If meanness and hate are ingrained, albeit unfortunate parts of human nature, we must create communities that reinforce our other natural tendencies toward kindness and against meanness.

How to Honor the Art (and Science) of Teaching

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.24.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

The challenge is to find the balance between the elusive but evergreen art of teaching, and the emerging but illustrative science of the brain. We can do both. And we can start today.

Kids Learn About Ownership Early on

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Science
Art Markman, Ph.D.

An nice set of studies in the October, 2012 issue of Child Development by Susan Gelman, Erika Manczak, and Nicholaus Noles explored whether children are able to use aspects of an object's history to determine who owns it.

Cows on the Beach: Exposing Our Political Shadows and Lessons on Sharing

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is true. There were cows on the beach -- on a beach of a deliciously gorgeous, multicultural, blue-violet-turquoise sea in Corsica, the French isla...

Discovery of the Continent of Emotion

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

By Carol Smaldino, CSW Commentary on David Brooks' op-ed "The New Humanism" in The New York Times on Monday, March 7, 2011. According to David Brook...

The Human Climate: A Real Ecological Crisis

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

No matter how much we feel we care about our planet, to be confronted with the parts of ourselves that we may have amputated can be more alarming than anything else.

M&M's & Me

Patricia Ferrone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patricia Ferrone

If I had a dollar for every package of M&M's I ate during my lifetime, I would not be sitting here blogging. I would be blogging from my yacht moored...

Religulous Dogma

Philip Goldberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip Goldberg

Why do the militant atheists insist on this intellectual dishonesty? Maybe because confrontational language and side-splitting satire help them make their case.