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Can You Learn Everything “On The Job”? | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Can You Learn Everything “On The Job”? | TIME Ideas | TIME.com | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, officials from the University of Wisconsin announced the school’s plans for a “flexible degree” program, which would allow students to enroll when it suits them, study online at their own pace — and gain academic credit for knowledge they’ve acquired outside the classroom.

 

Completion of the program is based on “competency,” not on “seat time,” meaning that if students can show they know their stuff, they can skip over introductory courses and other prerequisites to get their degree sooner.

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» Upping Your Vitamin D May Lessen Depression - Psych Central News

» Upping Your Vitamin D May Lessen Depression   - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Another reason to let the sunshine in: Three case studies of women with moderate to severe depression showed substantial improvement in their symptoms after they received treatment for a vitamin D...

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Faculty and Online Learning, 2012: Experience Increases Faculty Confidence

Faculty and Online Learning, 2012: Experience Increases Faculty Confidence | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Professors gain more confidence in online learning as they become more involved with it. And on the most basic question asked of faculty at institutions with online offerings – have you recommended an online course to a student or advisee? – 60 percent of faculty reported that they had. The figure grows to 87 percent for those who teach online.

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The Power of Playtime: Study Finds That Single Mothers Can Reduce Stress by Playing, Engaging with Children

The Power of Playtime: Study Finds That Single Mothers Can Reduce Stress by Playing, Engaging with Children | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A group of researchers is studying ways to help single mothers improve their relationship with their children.
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Teen Fathers: Research trends

Teen mothers are often studied, but relatively little is known about the characteristics and circumstances of teen fathers, either when they first have a child or later in life. To fill in some of that missing information, this Research Brief presents a statistical portrait of teen fathers’ characteristics at the time that their first child was born.

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Study suggests a particular fathering style fosters persistence in teens

Study suggests a particular fathering style fosters persistence in teens | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A longitudinal study found that adolescents learn persistence through fathers who follow good parenting practices. As a result, these adolescents saw higher engagement in school and lower rates of delinquency.

"Yet the study authors suggest that single parents still may play a role in teaching the benefits of persistence, which is an avenue of future research."

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Facebook Complicates Family Estrangements

Facebook Complicates Family Estrangements | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media can add to the pain of family estrangements because they provide a peek into private lives and a reminder of what has been lost.

 

Not long ago, estrangements between family members, for all the anguish they can cause, could mean a fairly clean break. People would cut off contact, never to be heard from again unless they reconciled.

 

But in a social network world, estrangement is being redefined. . . .


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Avatars may help children with social anxiety ... - Health Centers

Avatars may help children with social anxiety ... - Health Centers | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
The National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, provided a $500000 grant to fund the development of the software and a 12-week study that will begin this summer. Researchers at the University of Central Florida’s Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Atlanta-based company Virtually Better want to give more children with social anxiety the practice they need to become comfortable in social situations. They have developed a new, one-of-a-kind computer simulation program that enables children to interact with avatars playing the roles of classmates, teachers and a principal.




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Facebook Gets a Psychological Review

Facebook Gets a Psychological Review | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
With all the abuse it has faced, clearly Facebook would qualify as a candidate for therapy; so it’s no surprise to find three psychologists checking out the online social network in the May 2012 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science.
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The Psychology Of The Honor System At The Farm Stand : NPR

The Psychology Of The Honor System At The Farm Stand : NPR | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

People like using the honor till at farm stands because being trusted feels good. Still, it's not universal. Even if most people do the right thing, eventually someone is likely to try to take all the money, researchers warn.

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Book Reviews: Your Brain on Self-Deception

Book Reviews: Your Brain on Self-Deception | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

All three books in this review focus on the cognitive tricks employed by the brain as it works to preserve its cherished beliefs and self deceptions.

Pathological Altruism
Barbara Oakley, Ariel Knafo, Guruprasad Madhavan and David Sloan Wilson (editors). 2012. Oxford University Press, New York. 496 pages.

 

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman. 2011. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York. 512 pages.

 

A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
Cordelia Fine. 2005, 2008. W.W. Norton & Company, New York. 256 pages.

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Yet another way stress may delay brain development in early years

Yet another way stress may delay brain development in early years | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Yet another study showing ways stress may affect brain development in children. This one focuses on spatial working memory. 

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Study: Moody Toddlers Could End Up as Compulsive Gamblers

Study: Moody Toddlers Could End Up as Compulsive Gamblers | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Is your 3-year-old overly cranky, impulsive and restless? If the answer is yes, you could be raising a future gambler.

 

So says a new study published recently in the journal Psychological Science that found a correlation between so-called "under-controlled" temperament in preschoolers and compulsive gambling later in life.

 

[This is not as surprising as it might at first seem--all sorts of addictions may have their root in mechanisms such as faulty dopamine reception/regulation in the brain. Which may be linked to deficiencies in interpersonal caretaker attunement during the first months of life.]

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Research finds Myspace users score high on Narcissism but Facebook users have more self-esteem

Research finds Myspace users score high on Narcissism but Facebook users have more self-esteem | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

People love social networks. That's the obvious conclusion from Facebook's 900 million active users and its current standing as one of the most visited sites on the web, second only to Google.


According to the research, published online this month by the journal Computers in Human Behavior, the 526 million people who log on to Facebook every day may be boosting their self-esteem in the process.

 

Gentile, along with UGA psychology professor Keith Campbell and San Diego State University professor Jean Twenge, asked college students to either edit their social networking page on MySpace or Facebook or to use Google Maps. Those who edited their MySpace page later scored higher on a measure of narcissism, while those who spent time on their Facebook page scored higher on self-esteem.

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Electrophysiological Evidence for the Understanding of Maternal Speech by 9-Month-Old Infants

Electrophysiological Evidence for the Understanding of Maternal Speech by 9-Month-Old Infants | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Our results suggest that infants as young as 9 months have a rudimentary receptive vocabulary. This has been previously suspected (Swingley, 2008) but difficult to prove.

 

"Our paradigm did not allow us to pinpoint the exact factors that made infants more responsive to the mother’s than to the experimenter’s communication. It could be that the familiar voice, intonation, or verbal expression (e.g., “Look, a duck!” vs. “Here comes the duck!”) helped them to recognize the situation as a naming game. It is also possible that 9-month-old infants had difficulties in recognizing the target word in the slightly different phonetic production by the experimenter. Because the speaker sat next to the infants and did not always make eye contact with them during her speech, they might not have recognized from the experimenter’s intonation alone that they were being addressed; however, the mother’s voice alone could have achieved this effect."

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Teaching Civility in an F-Word Society | Psychology Today

Teaching Civility in an F-Word Society | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

15 ways children learn respectful social behavior from adults, By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D....

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Mom Psych: Childhood Grief

Mom Psych: Childhood Grief | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Adults often assume that children should be shielded from the death of a loved one. But research says the impact is compounded when adults hide the truth.
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Giving makes young children happy

Giving makes young children happy | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
If it is indeed nobler to give than to receive, it may also make you happier – even if you're a toddler, according to a new study.
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Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K. : NPR

Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K. : NPR | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Genes and the environment both shape health and development. But their effects are not always equal. Researchers in the U.K. say they've mapped hotspots where nature has a stronger influence, and others where nurture dominates.
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Intervention to Improve Foster Families' Trust, Connectedness

Intervention to Improve Foster Families' Trust, Connectedness | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers adapted a parenting program to help foster families address their greatest challenges, including overwhelmed foster parents and a lack of trust between caregivers and foster children.
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Stress, Willpower, and Wanting What You Want to Want

Stress, Willpower, and Wanting What You Want to Want | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Why is change so difficult? The #1 barrier to change that the Americans in the survey cited was a lack of willpower. But if willpower is the biggest barrier to overcome, this is good news, since scientists such as Roy Baumeister have shown that willpower can be developed with exercise. “Like a muscle,” Baumeister would say. About 71% of the adults surveyed believed that willpower can be learned so most people are not constrained by their own self-limiting beliefs.So what’s missing?

 

Why isn’t change easier? The answer seems to be motivation.

 

The participants who reported the highest levels of motivation were significantly more likely to be successful. It should be noted that participants reported that all or most of their motivation comes from within. Only 12% had the motivation of a family member, friend, or health care provider as the driving force.

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Revisiting why incompetents think they’re awesome | Ars Technica

Revisiting why incompetents think they’re awesome | Ars Technica | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

It is important to realize that the Dunning-Kruger paper was not such a shocking finding. It was, for instance, already known that seemingly everyone evaluates themselves as above average in everything. Are you a better driver than average? Certainly am. How do you rate your ability at math? Oh, a little better than average. How about mountain climbing? Well, I've climbed the local hill a couple of times. I bet Kilimanjaro can't be much more difficult.

A large pile of research on various groups of people, covering various skill sets, indicates that in the face of all evidence, humans are irredeemably optimistic about their own abilities. That is, by itself, not such a bad thing. The ugly side shows up when we also realize that the norm must be maintained. Studies show that we do this by considering that everyone else is much worse.

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What does it mean to be cool? It may not be what you think

What does it mean to be cool? It may not be what you think | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Do rebelliousness, emotional control, toughness and thrill-seeking still make up the essence of coolness? Can performers James Dean and Miles Davis still be considered the models of cool?

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This Is Your Brain on No Self-Control

This Is Your Brain on No Self-Control | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
MRI images taken by a University of Iowa researcher show what the brain looks like when you do something you know you shouldn’t.
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» Treating for Depression Can Prevent Teen Drug Abuse - Psych Central News

» Treating for Depression Can Prevent Teen Drug Abuse   - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Treating adolescents for depression can reduce their chances of abusing drugs later on, new research has found.

[I know, right. But Duh studies are important . . . it's all part of putting the whole puzzle together.]

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