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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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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Have any drugs been shown to increase the neuroplasticity of adult brains?

I read recently in the book "meet your happy chemicals" that the hormones of puberty are neurochemicals that cause your neurons to connect and myelinate more easily. If this is true have any studies ...
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How do children understand the concept of number size?

How do children understand that one number is larger than the other? For example, given the numbers "8" and "9", how do they learn that "9" is the larger one? This apparently develops as a precursor ...
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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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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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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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Does classical music enhance intelligence in children more than other genres?

This question is based on a previous question I have written on Parenting SE: Does playing classical music for infants and young children make them smarter? Question: Are these claims actually ...
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Why do humans like being touched?

Why do people like to be touched so much, why would it make sense from a evolutionary perspective. I know people enjoy hugs and company of opposite sex, but even people from the same sex hug and ...
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Are Lawrence Kohlberg's stages of moral development supported by empirical evidence?

I've just come across a (very basic) description of Kohlberg's stages of moral development, and I found the section on the Pre-conventional level of moral reasoning rather suprising. In particular, ...
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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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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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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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Innate personality tests: do they exist? If not, why?

A personality is developed by innate factors and by the things that happen in your life, but how would your personality be if you either had received the same amount of positive and negative stimuli ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to teach parents to apply early childhood interventions to improve cognitive outcomes in children? [closed]

I've watched the "My Brilliant Brain: Born Genius" documentary where they refer to the Abecedarian Project, in that investigation, a group of children that were exposed to early childhood education ...
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Does spanking a child teach them that it's ok for another person to touch them against their will?

The debate over whether spanking is an appropriate punishment largely revolves around proponents saying that it creates a more "disciplined" person and opponents saying that it traumatizes the child ...
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What causes some women to have repeated abortions?

Fisher et al. (2005) studied the characteristics of women who have repeated abortions. The study was conducted in countries where reliable contraception and education about birth control are readily ...
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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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What effect do random visitors have on children in orphanages and people in old age homes?

Leading a volunteering team, I've been to an orphanage where the sister (who did a psychology course) running the orphanage was strict that volunteers should spend a minimum of 3 months teaching the ...
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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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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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How to calculate IQ score based on raw score and adjust for age?

I am having a hard time grasping how IQ scores are calculated. I think it has something to do with their age score ratio multiplied by 100. Say I have a test that holds 30 questions. How would I ...
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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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Development of social cognition as an alternative to the obstetrical dilemma

Human infants are strange in that they are born more helpless than the infants of other great apes. They are born with about 25-30% of their brain developed, compared to the 40-50% of other great apes....
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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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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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Does logical thinking or counting develop first in children?

During the course of normal brain development, what comes first: logical thinking or counting?
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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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What was the experiment where you pour liquid from a tall container to a short one and ask a child which has more?

From Developmental psychology 101 I remember an experiment where the person conducting the experiment would pour liquid from a tall, narrow container into a short, narrow container and ask a child if ...
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What is the effect of scolding kids

Is there any harmful effect of scolding kids. Also does that affect more to kids who are 1 year old or to those who are much older like 5 years and so. By the term scolding I mean: Shouting, ...
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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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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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How many words are toddlers “making up”?

My 20-month old has learned many words to express herself. In addition she says many other words that are indecipherable from context nor pronunciation. It's most noticeable in novel or unusual ...
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What if people understand or interpret words differently in their mind?

Let's think about it, we have all adopted to learn the meaning of words through experiences or emotions. We didn't learn each and every word from a dictionary. What if I understand a word slightly ...
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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?
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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 ...