Developmental Psychology

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Abstract expressionist art in the style of, say, Hans Hofmann or Jackson Pollock, often looks as though it has been thrown at random upon the canvas.

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Babies' first motor skills – how early they learn to reach for things and explore them – are related to their later abilities, both motor skills (such as crawling and walking) and skills in other domains, such as their vocabulary.

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The British Journal of Developmental Psychology (BJDP) have published a Special Issue on Action Mirroring that is free to access online.

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Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have made training in 'grit' a priority in schools.

Some psychologists suspect the hype around it is getting out of hand.

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A US academic who spent 16 months embedded in three American psychology baby labs reports that he observed numerous examples of researchers cutting corners and bending the rules of science.

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The British Psychological Society welcomes Children’s Mental Health Week (8 to 15 February) and the opportunities it provides to highlight the importance of prevention of and early intervention with children experiencing psychological difficulties.

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There's a simple and fun way to test a toddler's self-awareness. You make a red mark (or place a red sticker) on their forehead discreetly, and then you see what happens when they look in a mirror.

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Today our publishing partners Wiley Blackwell will host a live twitter chat from 4-5pm with the guest editors of a Special Issue of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology (BJDP) on the topic of action mirroring.

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The campaign launched this week by the NSPCC calling for access to therapy for abused children to be prioritised in the NHS has been welcomed by the British Psychological Society.

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Psychologists, teachers and social workers need help in working effectively with traumatised children and connecting them to family and school supports

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Unfortunately this workshop is cancelled

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This workshop covers essential aspects of diagnosis and assessment of psychological trauma.

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Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of children born via IVF and other fertility treatments (in 2011 17,041 babies were born via IVF in the UK).

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The idea that children can't be held fully responsible for their crimes dates back thousands of years. Today, in many countries around the world, the principle is written into law as "The Age of Criminal Responsibility".

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A study of over 2000 intermediate school students in New Zealand has revealed surprising differences in their levels of self-belief and goal setting, depending on their cultural background.

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A new monograph published by the British Journal of Educational Psychology (BJEP) published today brings together evidence from psychological research to consider the nature and practice of learning beyond the classroom.

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Adults have 'episodic foresight'. They are able to look beyond their current physical state to anticipate being in a different state in the future, and thus plan accordingly.

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This workshop is an introduction to traumatic stress, examining trauma from evolutionary, historical and symptoms perspectives.

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The Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction has been won for the first time by a science writer, with Steve Silberman picking up the award for 'Neurotribes', a book on autism and its history.

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‘It’s an important time for serious research on play’, said Dr David Whitebread, launching the Play in Education Development and Learning Centre at the University of Cambridge.

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The British Psychological Society and our publishing partner Wiley are proud to support the 2015 World Mental Health Day with a selection of free BPS Journals based around this year's theme of 'Dignity in Mental Health'.

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'Interaction partners of high-status adolescents may keep a low profile because they are aware of the capabilities of the high-status influential peer,' say the authors of a new paper.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.

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The pressure to be cool, look good and own the right stuff is detrimental to many children and teenagers, according to research presented at a symposium last week at a British Psychological Society conference.

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The need to be constantly available and respond 24/7 on social media accounts can cause depression, anxiety and decrease sleep quality for teenagers says a study presented at a British Psychological Society conference in Manchester.

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Watching toddlers pinch, hit and bite each other doesn't fill you with confidence about human nature. But there's no need to be down about it – the little devils don't yet have the self-control to manage their anger and frustration, that's all.

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