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Questions tagged [developmental-psychology]

For questions involving psychological changes taking place during the lifespan of an individual, not just during infancy or childhood, and using multiple approaches.

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How to measure child to adult development quantitatively?

Are there any tests available that could quantify a personal development from child to adult if the development is more or less healthy and is not considered pathological? I'm absolutely new to the ...
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Ways to measure the level of self-learning in an individual?

We are working in a social entrepreneurship program in which we are trying to enhance the quality of education that elementary school kids get in lower economic status areas within Mexico. Our Aim ...
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Do vulnerable/covert/shy narcissists seek therapy for NPD?

It is known that common (a.k.a. overt, flamboyant) narcissists rarely seek therapy on their own. However, there is an atypycal type of narcissism called “shy”, “covert” or “vulnerable“. They behave ...
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Why do we dream? [duplicate]

Most of the people have their own imagination and most of them dream about many things and some time dream about those things which they have never seen, so how we will define the fact that why do we ...
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Nature vs. Nurture

In the following I have 4 questions which I think are too interleaved to separate into 4 different posts. I hope it's not a duplicate, but I didn't find here similar posts. My understanding (as a ...
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Is Paul's Churchland claim about qualia supported by science?

Knowledge argument: Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason, forced to investigate the world from a black and white room via a black and white television monitor. She specializes ...
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What's the psychological reason for the fascination with gossiping or scandalous life?

Why do people find fascination in a tabloid magazine, paparazzi magazine, gossiping or whether prince and kings are dating or not or if actors, actresses, singers having any scandalous affairs or not? ...
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Does James Holmes diagnosis of schizotypal personality disorder indicate a predisposition for mass murder?

On May 27, Dr. William Reid, a court-appointed psychiatrist who interviewed Holmes for a total of about 22 hours, testified that Holmes was mentally ill but legally sane, diagnosing him as having ...
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At what age is a human child able to learn through the spoken word alone?

Up until a certain age a child learns through observation. But there comes a point when a child can learn new concepts by simply having them explained by an adult. This age is kind of like when the ...
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Is there any research on what causes a pseudo-scientific mindset?

As of late I've been coming across a lot of people online who are convinced that, without much (or any) formal training and often without any collaboration, they have solved a major unsolved problem ...
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How to statistically test whether parents and children share similar humor styles?

I have data from children and their parents on their humor styles (using the Humor Styles Questionnaire by Martin (2003)). For the adult version: It's a 32-item measure, with 4 subscales for each ...
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Infant cognitive development related to mirrors

Mirrors have not been generally available to humans until relatively recently. These days it's not uncommon to find a child-safe mirror in a crib with a baby as a play thing. Have there been any ...
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What is the corresponding study about the effects of growing up without a mother?

We know that deprivation of a father affects development of children - and leads to them being angrier and more depressed as an adult: ‘This is the first time research findings have shown that ...
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What is the study that identified that kids growing up without fathers were angrier and more depressed?

I read in an article recently: This study identified that kids growing up without fathers had a higher proportion of people developing depression, increased tendency towards anger and a higher ...
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Mirror neurons in different ape & child rearing

Somewhere in the the past I saw a study talking about a type of ape that raises it's young in creches, unlike chimpanzees which at most carefully choose occasional babysitters. The study made the case ...
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Why is it hard to do a task while actually you can do it? [closed]

I would start it with a word "Laziness". I actually have realized that every task will not finish if I do not start do it, and I always trigger my motivation by thinking there will be big consequence ...
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Psychological behavior of talking alone in front of mirror.

My child, 5 years old girl recently talked to herself about she just changed to new school in front of mirror. It was alone and she just talked to herself on mirror. Is it psychologically normal ...
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Longitudinal studies on: how attention to emotional stimuli develops from infancy to childhood?

According to LeDoux’s model (1996) we have specialized pathways for processing emotional cues. Pourtois, Schettino and Vuilleumier (2013) offer a neural model of how emotional signals capture ...
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If babies were isolated, would they develop their own language?

Let’s say that two or more babies/infants from the age of 0 were put in an environment without the affection of adults to teach them how to speak. Would the babies after 13 or so years develop their ...
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What is the most effective treatment for ADD and ADHD that excludes chemical prescriptions from a doctor?

Besides chemical medications that are prescribed that can increase the level of dopamine, and other important neurotransmitters in the brain. What is the most effective natural treatment method for ...
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How much tablet time is bad for kids?

In a Psychology Today blog we read: When very small children get hooked on tablets and smartphones, says Dr. Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of ...
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UBI: how to reconcile Maslov pyramid with the fact that some people become “vegetables” on benefits and transfers?

Universal Basic Income (UBI) (https://futurism.com/its-time-to-shift-our-society-to-robotic-labor-and-a-basic-income/ and https://www.weforum.org/about/a-basic-income-for-all-dream-or-delusion and ...
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INPP Neuromotor Immaturity

Can someone shed some light on this "Neuromotor Immaturity (NMI)" syndrome that's been mainly promoted/researched by a UK group called INPP. As you can seen from that page, they take themselves very ...
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Is there a disorder similar to dyscalculia but only for time/date arithmetic? (also memory)

Something that might be used to describe an individual who: can perform arithmetic at an advanced level (e.g. post graduate) does not generally struggle with memory can easily remember the relative ...
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What is the optimal way to run the Piaget Conservation of Number Task?

I am hoping to run a standard Piaget conservation task to test the conservation of number. The task is as follows: Coins such as pennies are placed on a table. A certain number of coins are ...
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How can I test reaction time?

How can I measure someone's ability for the speed to which they react to something? Is their a way to test something like a person's reaction timing that doesn't involve something as simple as the ...
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Learning by listening versus learning by reading

I would like to know whether there is a study in psychology which compares the effectiveness of learning by reading versus learning by listening. I would assume learning by reading is better because ...
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What are the criticisms of Jung? [duplicate]

Jungian psychology seems to have established itself in our culture (books and films draw on its archetypes etc) and, although I am by no means an expert, it seems analytical psychology is broadly ...
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What is the difference between Symbolism and Abstract thinking in Piaget's Theory?

I'm having trouble understanding the difference between symbols and abstract thinking in Piaget's Cognitive Development Theory. Piaget says that in the preoperational stage, children 2-7 years old can ...
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Psychological effects of being recorded as genderless at birth

I was reading this article about a Canadian parent fighting for the right to not give their baby a gender after arguing that a simple biological examination cannot uncover the child’s true identity. ...
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Is dyslexia less common among visually impaired?

I couldn't find any information on whether dyslexia is equally prevalent in normally sighted people and among visually impaired people who learned reading and writing through braille?
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Associating EEG frequencies to meditative states

Lately, I came across this research article "Case Study of Ecstatic Meditation: fMRI and EEG Evidence of Self-Stimulating a Reward System" about the brainwaves when a Yogi went into a meditative level....
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Does creativity decrease when invested in multiple areas?

I'm a math student and I find that coming up with original ideas and being creative is very important in the field. I love math and I'm also a voracious reader and I like to learn about many things ...
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Are there any studies that test for preference between balls and blocks in infants?

I was getting in the old round corners vs square corners conversation and the majority of arguments for rounded corners revolve around our subconscious desire for natural round things over artificial ...
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What happens to someone missing teenage years of development?

Hypothetically, let's say a person were to fall into a coma as an adolescent for several years, until they were a physical adult. Would that person, assuming the brain was still fully functional upon ...
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Erik Erikson: “We live in a continuous process of making the present 'former' ”

I'm reading Identity: Youth and Crisis and I was particularly struck by this passage: However, I'm completely lost by the idea that we are in constant process of making the present into the past - I ...
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Father hunger syndrome

I found the father-hunger syndrome. Does anyone knows if there is another, maybe more official term for that? Any sources that someone could use for the particular syndrome?
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Childhood sexual abuse effects on psychological development [closed]

How would ones adult life and overall psychological development be affected by sexual abuse around the age of 10 by a stranger? //Edit: I am mostly interested in the ability to recognise, ...
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Is love from families a necessity for children to form nornal relationship?

Some human skills need specific input during childhood to develop, such as language skills. Is the ability to love one of them? I.e., does the formulation of intimate relationship with partner (or any ...
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How sound is the psychology of Westworld?

Disclaimer: I am very much a layman in these areas of research, so please do amend the question in order to conform to conventional usage of terminology and definitions thereof. In the series ...
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Which research article showed that East Asian parents used verbs more to their infants and toddlers?

Which research article showed that East Asian parents used verbs more while White parents used adjectives more and had implications for causal and math learning? Please give the citation of the ...
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Boys and the Obsession with War [closed]

Recently I have been wondering why boys are so attracted to war and war-specific video games. Perhaps it is improper of me to assume that this obsession only applies to boys, but for the most part I ...
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What are “daddy issues”?

The question is whether there exists a phenomenon in which a girl that had a bad relationship with a father (referring to a father that's too harsh, too cruel or that doesn't show love, and hates his ...
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How does parental expectation lead a child from adaptive perfectionism to rebelliousness?

I find many sources saying that parents with perfectionist ideals can ultimately push a child to shed his or her attitude of wanting to please their parents and become rebellious. What I cannot find ...
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Is there a developmental purpose to adolescent transgressions?

Many adolescents transgress rules and break laws, not out of criminal intent or because they have some disorder, but "for fun", as an adventure, for the experience. How is this explained from the ...
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Jung - Anima and Animus

In the book Man and His Symbols Jung discusses the Anima and Animus extensively. As I understand it they are the two primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the collective unconscious. The Anima is ...
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What are the main sensory features of earliest memories of childhood?

I understand that experiences are compound in nature and take inputs from multiple senses. But when I ask people to describe the sense associated with their earliest memories I get answers that vary. ...
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Do women have fetishes?

As in title; is it possible/common for women to have fetishes? It always seemed to me that fetishes are related to men only. Is it true?
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Why do we laugh more easily in social situations?

I ate lunch and then played pool with a co-worker after lunch today at our office. We get along quite well and talk often. Yet while socially engaged, instead of professionally, I found myself ...
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Why do people want to have children? [closed]

Sooner or later most people will want to have children. What are some of the most common psychological reasons leading people to want to have children? What are their motivations and expectations?