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Today is the last chance to take advantage of a discounted rate for our 2016 Developmental Psychology Section annual conference in Belfast (14 to 16 September).

The conference has a high quality programme including lectures from distinguished keynote speakers, oral presentations, symposia, workshops and interactive poster presentations. There are also plenty of opportunities to socialise and enjoy meeting new contacts including a visit to Titanic Belfast for the conference dinner.

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In the 1950s, the American psychologist Harry Harlow famously showed that rhesus monkeys would rather cling to a surrogate wire mother covered in cosy cloth, than to one that provided milk. A loving touch is more important even than food, the findings seemed to show.

Around the same time, the British psychoanalyst John Bowlby documented how human children deprived of motherly contact often go on to develop psychological problems.

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The evolution of children’s rights and the landscape of the child in 20th-century Britain are among the subjects to be discussed at the latest of our popular Stories of Psychology events.

‘With Childhood in Mind’ will take place in London on Thursday 6 October 2016.

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The key things that 21st century parents need to know about babies’ brain development will be the subject of a free public lecture in Belfast on 13 September by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk.

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In Western democracies, young adults are living with their parents for longer, spending more time in education and delaying having children. So much so that some commentators have suggested that we need a new term, such as "emerging adulthood", to describe the phase of life between late adolescence and true adulthood.

Adding to this picture, a new cross-generational study of hundreds of undergraduates at two US universities finds that students today are more anxious about growing up and maturing than students from previous generations.

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A new study has interviewed 135 people in 10 different occupations to explore times when work was meaningful or meaningless.

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Earlier this year, the NSPCC’s ‘It’s Time’ campaign called for significant improvements in therapeutic support for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

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A one-day symposium to mark the publication of the British Psychological Society’s new guidance document on the management of disclosures of non-recent (historic) child sexual abuse was held in Oxford this week.

The new guidance can be downloaded from this website.

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Do boys prefer playing with trucks and balls, while girls prefer dolls, because they are socialised from an early age to play this way, or do their play habits reflect innate differences in interests between the sexes? 

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Highly experienced expert witnesses will give practical advice on effective practice to reduce the anxiety of those wishing to consider this vital work.

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If you live in Northern Ireland and are thinking of a career as a health psychologist, then you may be interested in a free seminar being held at Queen’s University Belfast on Wednesday 29 June.

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The Annual Conference for Educational Psychologists in Scotland is looking for workshops that reflect this year’s themes.

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Child Abuse is a significant issue which requires practitioners and agencies to work together if those affected are to receive the support and protection that they need.

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During the 1990s, groundbreaking work by psychologists demonstrated that human memory is flexible and vulnerable and that it’s very easy for people to experience “false memories” that feel real, but which are actually a fiction. 

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A clear and structured introduction to a number of current professional and ethical issues likely to be encountered within psychological practice

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New educational research technology measures previously unmeasured in situ affects of schools, identifying new factors contributing to school rank / character

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Awareness of the alienation process reduces the risk of unwitting collusion by practitioners, improving outcomes for children & families

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Develop competence as psychologists working with refugee and asylum seeking people and where appropriate communities

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Gain insight into work-life balance issues nd a range of practical tools to use in your own practice

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09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

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Gain a deeper understanding about hearing voices and consider the implications for young people.

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09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

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Submissions from both academic and practitioner psychologists are welcome for the annual conference of the Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families.

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A British Journal of Neuropsychology paper on mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children received extensive media coverage in April.

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Two-thirds of parents surveyed in a recent study fear social media is bad for their child, yet they use it extensively themselves.

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Between 1971 and 2014, the American Freshman Project has asked first-year students, most of them aged 18, about their reasons for going to university.

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There are many reasons for the paucity of women in science and technology careers, but arguably one early contributing factor is the relatively weaker performance of girls in maths at school, compared with boys.

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