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Mothers' Behavior during Playtime Linked to Young Children's Engagement with Them

Mothers' Behavior during Playtime Linked to Young Children's Engagement with Them | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
Affectionate, less controlling mothers have strongest relationships with their children, says research from the University of Missouri.

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“Children flourish when they have opportunities to make choices about what they do, particularly in play situations,” said Jean Ispa, lead author of the study and professor of human development and family studies at MU. “Mothers who are highly directive do not allow that kind of choice. In our study, the children were playing with some toys, and the very directive mothers were making the decisions about how to play, what to play and how quickly to play.”

 

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Check out my social networks on XeeMe

Check out my social networks on XeeMe | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

My XeeMe helps you find all my social networks and groups on one page: http://xeeme.com/Natalie_Stewart

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It's free. Plus you get a powerful social address book and much more.


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iPads help kids with autism learn to speak

iPads help kids with autism learn to speak | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

Some children with autism don’t start speaking until they or 5 or 6 years old. Using iPads can help them learn new words and encourage them to talk more, research shows. “For some parents, it was t...


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Richard Dolinski's curator insight, November 19, 2013 3:41 AM
I would argue iPads aid learning and this is a good example.
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Educational Psychology Online | Online and Distance Learning

Educational Psychology Online | Online and Distance Learning | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
Find out more about studying educational psychology, what the job prospects are after graduating, and locate educational psychology online programs at suitable schools.

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5 steps to maximize iPads for students with autism | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 steps to maximize iPads for students with autism | eSchool News | eSchool News | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
Learn how you can increase student achievement and classroom efficiency by following these 5 steps when using the iPad for education.

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Can you train your brain to make better decisions?

Can you train your brain to make better decisions? | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

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When making a big decision, how aware are you of the underlying brain processes informing your choices? When you go with your gut instinct, are you aware of the bodily signals that have informed your actions?

 

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Temple Grandin: What's Right with the Autistic Mind

Temple Grandin: What's Right with the Autistic Mind | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
By focusing on deficits, we overlook the strengths of brains built differently

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Communica8GH's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:12 PM

A Strength based perspective.

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The long tail of academic publishing and why that isn’t a bad thing

The long tail of academic publishing and why that isn’t a bad thing | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

Universities are foolish to focus on academic superstars at the expense of staff that expand the ‘long tail’ of research. David Glance argues that increasing the numbers of academics who can publish and encouraging collaboration are better fixes than increasing the number of superstars.

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Introvert or extrovert? Most of us are ambiverts

Introvert or extrovert? Most of us are ambiverts | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
Most of us are ambiverts. What does this mean?

Introverts have been marked by society as shy, reclusive, removed and economical in conversation. Conversely, extroverts have been regarded as super-outgoing, loud, back-slapping friendly and talkative. The stereotype is that introverts are less successful in life and extroverts make the best salespeople.  In reality, most of the descriptions do not apply to either personality.

 



Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/steps-authentic-happiness-positive-psychology/2013/sep/14/introvert-or-extrovert-which-better-answer-ambiver/


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Studying a Psychology and Human Development Degree

Studying a Psychology and Human Development Degree | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
Find out more about psychology and human development, what's involved in studying it online, locate suitable degree programs, and more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/psychology-and-human-development

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Using cognitive psychology in the classroom: approach with caution

Using cognitive psychology in the classroom: approach with caution | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

Teachers should be careful about how they use research findings from cognitive psychology. Only take what's useful and practical, advises Tim Taylor.

 

Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/aug/20/cognitive-psychology-classroom-caution


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Psychology and Business | Online and Distance Learning

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Zurker - a new social network with a difference

Zurker - a new social network with a difference | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

Zurker - a new social network:

http://www.zurker.net/i-271732-iaxgtugifc

My first reaction - "do we need yet another social network?"

After reading about the philosophy of Zurker, my answer was "yes" - because it is one that is owned by the network members and responsive to needs of the network members, rather than being a centralized, corporate, profit-oriented, juggernaut.

Zurker is literally a member-owned application.  You actually get shares in the company and so can profit from its growth.

And Zurker is driven by democracy. It's new - and still developing. Instead of changes being introduced top-down (whether you wanted the change or not) Zurker seeks out your ideas and feedback, so that their development team can develop the social application most in tune with what users actually want.

And it's free, of course.  Check it out here:

http://www.zurker.net/i-271732-iaxgtugifc


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Phyllis Smith's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:44 PM

If you didn't get involved with Facebook on the ground floor - you now have that opportunity with this new social network - Zurker

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Counseling Psychology Degree Online | Online and Distance Learning

Counseling Psychology Degree Online | Online and Distance Learning | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
Find out about studying a counseling psychology degree online, what psychology counselors do, the training required, locate suitable programs, and more ...

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Is Technology Killing Your Memory?

We're all living in the age of Google. What are search engines and technology doing to our memory?

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Neuroeducation: 25 Findings Over 25 Years - InformED

Neuroeducation: 25 Findings Over 25 Years - InformED | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

"It’s been 25 years since the field of neuroeducation first reared its head in academia...To celebrate the progress of this monumental discipline, we have compiled a list of the 25 most significant findings in neuroscience education over the past 25 years."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:48 PM

What does neurology tell us about education? This post looks at 25 discoveries over the last 25 years. Some may be new to you and remember this is a field that is changing rapidly.

Below are a few of the discoveries that are covered.

* Brain plasticity - "...the brain changes constantly as a result of learning, and remains ‘plastic’ throughout life."

* "The brain’s response to reward is influenced by expectations and uncertainty."

* "Learning involves both focused attention and peripheral attention."

For more information on these discoveries and 22 additional click through to the post. You might want to check out the 3D interactive brain that explores learning strategies. It is located at http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/learning-strategies/

Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:57 PM

Some of them:

- Brain plasticity

- The discovery of mirror neurons

- Both nature and nurture affect the learning brain

- Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences- The brain’s response to reward is influenced by expectations and uncertainty- The brain has mechanisms for self-regulation- Education is a powerful form of cognitive enhancement- Neuroscience informs adaptive learning technology- Dyslexia and other learning disorders- Social and emotional intelligence- The brain thrives on variety- Memorization and learning are not the same thing- Metacognition enhances learning- The brain is a parallel processor.- “Cells that fire together wire together.”etc
Lee Hall's curator insight, November 26, 2013 11:35 AM

Make sure you click the link to see the interactive brain, too.

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Neuroscience pushes meditation into the mainstream

Neuroscience pushes meditation into the mainstream | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
MINNEAPOLIS Propelled by technological breakthroughs in neuroscience allowing researchers to monitor brain activity, the medical community is increasingly aware that meditation has beneficial physical effects on the brain.

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Jone Johnson Lewis's curator insight, October 28, 2013 7:46 AM

Just because some religions have used meditation practices does not make them inherently a violation of separation of church and state -- or an offense to other religions.  People sit in chairs in churches, too, and that's not thereby outlawed in schools!

Jacqueline Silva's curator insight, October 30, 2013 3:24 AM

meditation should be mainstream 

Dr Rajshekher's curator insight, November 4, 2013 11:06 PM

I know and a lot of my friends, teachers, mentors, parent figures will second this one! Please let me know what you think through the comment sections! 

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Studying Organizational Psychology Online

Studying Organizational Psychology Online | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
Find out more about organizational psychology online or industrial organizational psychology and locate suitable universities to take online programs.
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Your Brain Online: A Review Of The Neuroscience MOOC from Coursera - moocnewsandreviews.com

Your Brain Online: A Review Of The Neuroscience MOOC from Coursera - moocnewsandreviews.com | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
In Professor Idan Segev’s outstanding neuroscience MOOC , Synapses, Neurons and Brains on Coursera, students learn how electrical activity in a single nerve cell link to more sophisticated brain functions.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:32 AM

I have taken the course myself and can vouch for Idan's passion and excellence!

Wendi Pillars's curator insight, October 9, 2013 6:43 PM

Anyone tried this one?

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Studying a Leadership Psychology Degree

Studying a Leadership Psychology Degree | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
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23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert

23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd? Think again.

People are frequently unaware that they’re introverts -– especially if they’re not shy -- because they may not realize that being an introvert is about more than just cultivating time alone. Instead, it can be more instructive to pay attention to whether they're losing or gaining energy from being around others, even if the company of friends gives them pleasure.

 

 

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/introverts-signs-am-i-introverted_n_3721431.html


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5 Ways to Get More from your Child’s Therapists

5 Ways to Get More from your Child’s Therapists | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
I’m a veteran therapy mom—as in, I’ve worked with dozens of them in the course of Max’s ten years of life. (And isn’t it amazing that I only look 22?!) Max had a stroke at birth. Doctors told my hu...

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Alexandra Strickland's curator insight, September 12, 2013 3:24 AM

Valuable insight! Everyone needs to be motivated. Encourage your children's therapists and everyone will benefit!

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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Psychology Update | Scoop.it
So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, ...

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Jone Johnson Lewis's curator insight, August 20, 2013 8:06 AM

Seems logical.  ;-)

John Michel's curator insight, August 20, 2013 10:26 AM

The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain. Creativity does not involve a single brain region or single side of the brain.


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Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

 

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A new way of thinking about how the brain works

A new way of thinking about how the brain works | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

Mo Costandi: 

"In my opinion, the single most important idea in neuroscience is the Neuron Doctrine, which simply states that the nervous system consists of discrete units called cells. In retrospect, this may sound trivial, but the discovery of the neuron came only after decades of laborious research by some of the world's best scientists, not to mention a long and furious debate among them. ..."

"The reason I believe this to be most important idea in neuroscience is because neurons are invariably mentioned in explanations of virtually every aspect of brain function. On one level, for example, changes in the strength of connections within neuronal networks are widely thought to be critical for learning and memory. On another, distant brain regions are now thought to communicate with each other using brain wave oscillations of different frequencies, which are produced by the synchronous firing of large numbers of neurons in each area."

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:10 AM

glia+neurons is the full picture

Joe Stafura's curator insight, August 12, 2013 2:39 PM

One of the interesting attributes of these complex organic systems is the increasing complexity the emerges under inspection. 

Miguel Garcia's curator insight, August 24, 2013 5:33 AM

Itsn´t new way, it is other way. I think so.

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You Should Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence

You Should Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

How we can ensure humans will be able to control AI once it achieves human-level intelligence? We have to start NOW.

In a report published by Human Right’s Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, "Losing Humanity, The Case Against Killer Robots", the authors write: “In its Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap FY2011-2036, the U.S. Department of Defense wrote that it ‘envisions unmanned systems seamlessly operating with manned systems while gradually reducing the degree of human control and decision making required for the unmanned portion of the force structure.’”

The "unmanned systems" refer to fully autonomous weapons that can select and engage targets without human intervention.

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/08/03/artificial-intelligence-fear/

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Same Sex Family type is not a predictor of a child’s psychological adjustment

Same Sex Family type is not a predictor of a child’s psychological adjustment | Psychology Update | Scoop.it

Family type is not a predictor of a child’s psychological adjustment among early placed adopted children with lesbian, gay or heterosexual parents. An estimated 16,000 same-sex couples are raising more than 22,000 adopted children in the U.S., and these findings indicate that these children will likely fare no differently, as a result of their family type, than those being raised by heterosexual parents.

This study examines aspects of the pre- and post-adoptive contexts in relation to child adjustment in 120 two-parent adoptive families (i.e., 40 female same-sex, 35 male same-sex, and 45 different-sex couples who adopted their children). All 120 couples were adopting their first child, and in all cases it was a single child under the age of 1.5 years.

 

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