Developmental Psychology

Parents should try to engage their toddlers in active pursuits whenever possible - because more passive pastimes could be damaging their wellbeing.
The head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw is to recommend that children should be sent to school-led nurseries from the age of two in order to prevent their getting a poor start to their education.
We’re often bombarded with panicky stories in the news about the dangers of letting children watch too much television or play too many video games.
Teenagers who are struggling with depression could find a lifeline in the form of a new smartphone app developed in New Zealand.
An expert on mental health has said more needs to be done by the government to help British children who have developed a gambling problem.
When you’ve done something good, or performed a task well, it feels great to get some praise for it. And parents and teachers, especially in Western cultures, are encouraged to dole out praise to children in an increasingly generous manner.
Online gamers may be enjoying an expansion of their social lives, rather than suffering ill-effects because of its contraction, according to new research.
The government is considering bringing in a new law that would make it a punishable offence for parents to inflict emotional cruelty upon their children.
A programme on BBC2 this week showcased how the work and dedication of one psychologist has transformed the world's understanding of children with autism.
Children who spend too much time in front of TV screens and electronic devices could be at risk of damaging their wellbeing, according to a new study.
MindEd, a new website to give adults the knowledge and confidence to identify and understand children and young people with mental health problems, launches today at a Westminster conference.
Human beings can distinguish between people who are genuinely laughing and those who are faking it, according to new research.
Children could benefit if designers created playscapes instead of traditional playgrounds, according to new research.
The fate of our earliest memories is something of an enigma. As adults, most of us are unable to recall memories from before we were age three or four.
Even very young children can understand the concepts of life and death, according to new research carried out at the University of East Anglia.
Research published in the BPS British Journal of Developmental Psychology this month discovered that white children perceive black youngste
Schools across the country will be enjoying literary fun and games as part of World Book Day today (6 March), but a new study from the University of Dundee has suggested youngsters might not be mainta
Children aren't as gullible as you might think. Early in life they display a discernment that psychologists call "epistemic vigilance".
Putting everyday items in school playgrounds could encourage children to play more creatively and engage in more physical activity, new research has suggested.
Children who frequently move schools could be more at risk than their peers of developing symptoms of psychosis, a new study has suggested.
Two charities have said that more and more young people may be struggling with the impact of anxiety as they go about their day-to-day lives.
What does the world look like from a baby's perspective? In the first research of its kind, psychologists in Canada have analysed hours of video footage taken from small cameras worn by babies on their heads. 
The Health Select Committee is to launch an inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) amid concerns that youngsters with such issues are being failed by the care system.
Measuring levels of the hormone cortisol in teenage boys could help doctors to predict those that are at risk of developing clinical depression,
What happens if you drop a ball in a falling lift and why? Your answer will of course depend on the sophistication of your understanding of the laws of physics.
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