November 17, 2014

8:00 PM | Why you're particularly likely to run your first marathon when your age ends in a "9"
When we look at our lives, we tend to break them up into chapters, rather like the seasons of a TV box set. Potential dividers come in many forms, including the dawn of a new year, or the start of a new job. But if those events act as a marker between episodes, it is the decades of our lives that represent the more profound end of one series or season and the start of the next.According to the psychologists Adam Alter and Hal Hershfield, when we're on the cusp of one of these boundaries - in […]

November 13, 2014

10:00 AM | Babies' anxiety levels are related to their fathers' nervousness, not their mothers'
Picture a one-year-old infant crawling across a table top. Half way across, the surface becomes transparent so that it appears there is a deep drop. On the other side is the infant's mother or father, encouraging them to crawl across the "visual cliff". Will the baby's anxiety levels be influenced more by the mother's own anxiety or the father's?This was the question posed by Eline Möller and her colleagues in what is the first ever study to examine paternal behaviour in the classic […]

Möller EL, Majdandžić M & Bögels SM (2014). Fathers' versus mothers' social referencing signals in relation to infant anxiety and avoidance: a visual cliff experiment., Developmental science, 17 (6) 1012-28. PMID:


November 10, 2014

9:59 AM | When we lie to children, are we teaching them to be dishonest?
Cookie Monster - one ofthe characters featuredin this research.Most parents lie to their children, often as a way to control their behaviour. A new study asks whether lying to the little ones increases the likelihood that they too will lie. The authors, Chelsea Hays and Leslie Carver, say theirs is the first attempt to investigate this possibility.Nearly two hundred children aged three to seven were each put through a similar scenario, one at a time. First, they were invited to go through to […]

Hays, C. & Carver, L. (2014). Follow the liar: the effects of adult lies on children's honesty, Developmental Science, 17 (6) 977-983. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12171

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