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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Correlation between sexual repression in adolescents and sexual deviancy later in life?

Is there a correlation between sexual repression and sexual deviancy? Now we all have heard stories of people growing up in incredibly strict households that become some of the most exploratory and ...
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How important is it for a child to have a limited number of caregivers?

In the context of instituational child care, I have heard that a child needs to form an attachment with a limited number of people to function properly. However, now when I tried to find some sources ...
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What is the effect of viewing pornography on children?

It is generally accepted that porn shouldn't be seen by children, and we even sometimes punish parents who fail to stop their children from finding porn. How much are these laws based in science? Can ...
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Why infant experiences shame as shyness when some unknown face looks at him/her?

In the book "Healing the shame that binds you" by John Bradshaw (link to Google Books sample pages - scroll to page 10), there is a section about healthy shame and it's described how healthy ...
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Can an autistic person have very advance language skills?

Can an autistic person have very advanced language skills (Verbal communication, not about tonal nor body language skill, nor the written verbal language, I keep dyslexia out of this discussion for ...
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If an infant endures a short period of trauma, followed by a normal childhood, is it likely that trauma could still be developmentally damaging?

I know that traumatic stress as an infant can cause serious developmental problems down the line, especially regarding attachment styles and identity development. But I'm wondering if that extends to ...
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What fraction of the population has secure attachment style?

Attachment theory suggests that we divide attachment styles into secure attachment style vs insecure attachment styles. What fraction of the population would be classified as having a secure ...
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How is psychohistory theory of deMause viewed in academia?

I've recently came across the psychohistory theory of deMause. To best of my understanding, it roughly tries to capture the common psychology of an era by analyzing the childbearing practices of that ...
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Is there any evidence that people follow crowds less at a certain age?

A while back I saw a chart of psychological development milestones, and it said around the age of 28 people tend to think less in a collective and more on their own. I can't find the chart nor can I ...
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What is the research design for the study I am proposing?

I am proposing an experiment in developmental psychology which asks whether the early use of decision rule X at $t_1$ (In children mean aged 9) is correlated with the use of more sophisticated rule Y ...
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What's the most appropriate statistical analysis to run for a correlational study?

I am designing a correlational study experiment to test children on their performance on a task at $t_1$ and then at $t_2$ a year later, specifically using the balance-scale paradigm (Siegler, 1981). ...
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Is there an example of a major mental handicap being rectified similar to Awakenings, the 1990 film and 1973 nonfiction book?

For those born with cognitive impairment, could technology progress to a point where their disability is rectified to a level of regular human faculty? In the movie and memoir, Awakenings, a new drug ...
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Is intelligence and social disadvantage cumulative across childhood development?

The question is notwithstanding how IQ seems relatively fixed through the lifespan I think that's the same thing as asking the question independent of whether IQ has enough validity to scientifically ...
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Perception of time as a function of age

For many people time seems to run faster as they get older. That is, for an old person an hour, a day or a year seems to be shorter than for a young person. Is there any hard data for such phenomenon?...
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Techniques to combat sexism at school level

I am from India, and if you take a glance at the daily news you will see a lot of gruesome gangrapes and murders. Nirbhaya, Kathua rape case and the Hathras gangrape There are other such incidents ...
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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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Is Autism associated with an increased drowning risk for adults?

I have found several popular articles (e.g. ScienceDaily, The Globe and Mail, and WebMD) indicating that children with Autism have a significantly elevated risk of drowning. The general theory seems ...
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Conscious basis for gender identification

What conscious experiences lead a transgender person to identify with the opposite sex? Physiology is clearly not determining. Sexual orientation is not determining (homosexuality). Clothing ...
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Requirements and development of depth and spatial orientation sensing

I'm trying to understand from the signal processing perspective how the perception of depth and the ability of spatial orientation is calculated by our brains. One possible explanation seems to be ...
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Is it possible to increase the capacity of human brain like “Lucy”?

I saw the film "Lucy" in 2015. The film says that humans can use 100% percent of the capacity of their brains. According to my personal ideas, the capacity of the brain will changed based on the ...
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How do we call a tendency of young children to accept things as facts without doubting them?

I have noticed that young children don't doubt a lot of things. If a teacher tell them "1+1=2", they usually just learn it without questioning. When those children get older, they often start to ...
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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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Approaches to assigning chores to children

I was discussing with my fiancée about our expectations of our future children to perform chores at home. While we do both agree that chores are to be performed (in accordance to the child's ...
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Is there any formal understanding of how humans perceive humanity/vitality in other entities?

When humans watch animations which contain human-like characters in them, we seem to imagine that the animated individuals, whether they be photorealistic or mere stick figures, are human, or at least ...
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How does the personality of a successful leader influence the development of his children?

Successful leadership appears to depend on the personality of the leader. Judge et al. (2002) found the following correlations with the "big five" personality factors in a meta-analysis: ...
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How to learn about children using hitting affectionately

When I am about to leave, my youngest son will show affection by hugging me before I leave. When we are playing a game and he is really enjoying it, he will actually smile at me and hit me really ...
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Death caused by “Failure to Thrive” (FTT)

This question, whilst to a degree can be seen as "common sense" in some respects, has puzzled me in other ways. Looking at the situations where Failure to Thrive (FTT) can cause death, even ...
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Appropriate age grouping for studying linguistic development

I am publishing a survey on a crowdsourcing platform to study how people of different ages perceive certain aspects of non-literal language. The platform allows me to target people with ages in ...
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Are TV shows and songs designed for children developmentally more beneficial than regular ones?

I have zero background in psychology, and only slightly more experience with children. But as someone who was once a child, and who is consistenly confused by the media created explicitly for ...
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Special treatment of youngest member of a group

In the German language, there is a term for the youngest member of a family: "Nesthäkchen". Unfortunately, on Wikipedia I can't find any more details - only the book/film with the same title has a ...
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Does this Rat psychological developmental mechanism also work in human?

In this epigenetics tutorial by University of Utah (Browser requires to support and allow adobe flash player); it is shown that in rat model those rat kids get little or no maternal care, whenn adult, ...
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The differences in attachment between father and mother

Bowlby's attachment talks about the primary caregiver, it does not specify mother or father, even though it is mostly the mother. I want to know more about the specific roles of the father and mother ...
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How are attachment styles linked to personality disorders

There are three different patterns of behavior in the so called strange situation in which the caregiver leaves the infant for a while and a stranger comes in the room. These behavioral patterns are ...
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What is a science concept that we can teach preschoolers that's purely visual?

We are trying to develop a scientific study to test preschoolers (3-5 years old) ability to learn a new science concept. The problem is that children that young can only remember concepts based on how ...
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What are the possible causes of pettiness?

There is a question about pettiness Is it possible to quantify 'pettiness' in a personality? Which gives a good example of how some people can focus on seemingly unimportant issues, when ...
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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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How can a human carry out a mass shooting whilst remaining calm?

In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch New Zealand, it became known that the shooter had live streamed 17 minutes of his rampage to Facebook. In the video, of which I have only ...
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Possession/Concept of My

Has any one studied whether are not in the predevelopment stage, or in any developmental stage whether the concept of possessing, or ownership comes into light in the psyche of an individual grasping ...
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Is there any credible evidence for the theory of Spiral Dynamics?

Spiral dynamics is a developmental psychology based theory that postulates these main ideas: Organisms in the universe go through a predictable set of stages of psychological development. These ...
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Why does neuroplasticity decrease in adults?

Although adult brains are malleable and even undergo limited neuorgenesis, the extent of the neuroplasticiy is much lower than in children. This is most obvious in language acquisition, and recovery ...
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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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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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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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Can bipolar develop in childhood?

Is it possible to develop bipolar in childhood? Does the same diagnostic criteria for bipolar in adults apply for children?
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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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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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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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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 ...