Sleep is crucial for our day-to-day functioning. But this isn't only true for adults, it's true for children as well. If a child is sleep deprived, they can have difficulties in school and with managing their emotions, which can lead to social difficulties and other challenges. Unfortunately, getting your child to fall asleep (and stay asleep) can be hard. Some kids seem to have too much energy at bedtime, while others have fears that keep them awake. No matter what specific challenges you may face when trying to help your child fall asleep, these tips should help.Read More
A lot of people are curious about therapy, and they have at one time or another considered starting therapy. But most people do not know what to expect if they meet with a therapist. The uncertainty this causes can lead many to never even attempt therapy, and it may also lead to disappointment for some who do give it a try. Therapy really is nothing to be afraid of, but it does help to have accurate expectations when going into therapy. So here, I want to spend some time describing what you can expect if you decide to start seeing a therapist.Read More
As social beings, there is a skill that has been crucial throughout millennia. It's a skill that we easily develop on a small scale, but it's harder to develop more broadly. As our world has become more and more interconnected economically, politically, and socially, we need to take a step back and think about what that means. Many have given in to the temptation to resist this growing interconnectedness. But instead, we could be learning how to embrace it. Regardless of your views, I think we owe it to ourselves to attempt developing this crucial skill more fully.
That skill? Understanding others.Read More
After my initial release of the Emotion and Coping Game app, I began working hard to implement some more features that felt much-needed. Now, after a lot of hard work, those core features have been added to the game! While there are still some more planned features, this version of the game feels much more complete and like what I originally had in mind for the game. Here, I want to highlight some of the improvements that have been made and help to explain my decision making for the changes.Read More
As information has become more freely available online, there has been a trend towards making research findings available. This has been both for academics (through databases containing PDFs of peer-reviewed articles) and for non-academics (through online posts/stories, not unlike my own blog posts). The former has come with its own complications, but in this post I want to focus on the challenges of the latter. Specifically, I want to provide words of caution for anyone reading online posts based on research articles: the findings of any one study, even if legitimate, generally have very little relation to your own life.
In order to get a better sense of why this is the case, I want to highlight a few things related to the role these types of posts play online. And yes, I fully acknowledge this post is based on my own perceptions of the problem and not on research. But when all I'm advocating for is caution, I feel that's of little importance.
And to be clear, I'm not saying that the research isn't valid, or that it should be ignored. This post pertains specifically to online posts that suggest you make big life changes based on the findings of one single study.Read More
As I hinted in my recent recommended apps post, I decided to take part of the holiday break to work on an Android app as a fun project. After getting into a bit of a groove, I managed to get a fully functioning version of my Emotion and Coping Game ready for publishing. Just like like PDF version I've had for sale, the app does not have any form of board included; I think one of the best parts of the game is creating a board with the child. But the app does make playing the game really easy, as I'll discuss more below.Read More
As the year comes to a close, it's a great time to look back and do an inventory of different aspects of our lives. That can range from remembering our accomplishments to evaluating our routines. It's common for people to have big ambitions of making a lot of big life changes in the new year. But doing so can be problematic, which I'll talk about in a future post. Instead, consider identifying some day-to-day aspects of your life that can be improved with small changes. For example, reviewing the apps that you use to see if there are better options out there. Here, I'll briefly review my top Android apps and why I recommend considering them.Read More
Back when I started my site, there were many things I hoped to use it for. Over time, bit by bit, I've been able to add all of the different pieces together. Now, I am happy to say that the next big piece has been started: the store section. With this addition, I want to take a moment to describe my intentions with the store, and then describe the "product" in some detail.Read More
When it comes to research work, having the right tools can make a big difference in efficiency, communication, and just general quality of life for the researcher. For my dissertation I have been working on a large meta-analysis, which has many different parts. Over the past several months I have tried various applications and ways of collaborating, and have learned a lot in the process. Now that I've reached a point where things are working smoothly, I wanted to share the tools I have found most helpful (for meta-analyses and research more broadly). While doing so, I also want to highlight the workflow that I've found to work well for my meta-analysis.Read More
When you think of research, what comes to mind? For many of you, it's probably a bunch of numbers that get analyzed in some way, and there's some sort of resulting number that tells us something. For a lot of research, this is generally true. But in psychology, many people make the obvious remark about this approach: numbers cannot perfectly represent human experiences. Unlike other types of measuring, like using a tape measure to find the length of something, psychology research is less precise. Many people use this fact as justification to call psychology a "soft" science. But that shows a misunderstanding of how psychology research is conducted. There are actually two forms of research that we use, and increasingly try to combine: quantitative and qualitative. Here, I want to briefly describe each.Read More
A few weeks ago, I was asked to be part of a panel focused on networking tips for both undergraduate and graduate students. During the discussion, and after having had a chance to practice networking at SPPAC 2016, there were several suggestions I made to students. These turned into a great discussion with the other panel members, which resulted in some additional suggestions. Networking can be one of the most nerve-wracking things that students need to do as emerging professionals, but it should be one of the most enjoyable things we do. Unfortunately, there isn’t much discussion in courses about successful networking. To help fill that gap, below are my main tips for professional networking.Read More
After three long, non-stop (but great) days in Atlanta (and a few weeks of getting caught up on other work), I finally have some time to sit down and write about my experiences with the SPPAC 2016 conference. There was a LOT of information, but a good amount was relevant more to me personally (e.g., internship information) rather than good information to share in general. Keeping that in mind, I will try to cover the most relevant information here, along with some commentary and extra information.Read More
Chegg (the platform I use to offer tutoring in psychology, statistics, etc.) has asked some tutors to help create videos that demonstrate how we would discuss a topic in a lesson. As I help to create videos as part of this initiative, I'll cross-post them here as a sort of informal vlog post. In this video, I discuss another stats topic: regression to the mean. This is an important concept to understand when doing research, as it plays a role in whether or not our findings are meaningful.Read More
Chegg (the platform I use to offer tutoring in psychology, statistics, etc.) has asked some tutors to help create videos that demonstrate how we would discuss a topic in a lesson. As I help to create videos as part of this initiative, I'll cross-post them here as a sort of informal vlog post. In this video I discuss the observer expectancy effect, which has a major effect on all of us throughout our daily lives and needs to be taken into account for psychology research.Read More
It has finally arrived: the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference for 2016! The conference itself officially begins tomorrow, but I'm already in Atlanta to help prepare and to get myself ready for the next few days. The name tags have been setup, us volunteers know where we need to be and when, and we're looking at an exciting few days.Read More