Classical and Operant Conditioning
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Post No.: 0189   Furrywisepuppy says:   People (and other animals) can learn fast through the perception or recognition of ‘cause and effect’ i.e. if A co-occurred with or occurred just before B, then it is usually assumed that A … Read More

What’s in a Name? A Lot Apparently
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Post No.: 0173   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Statistically speaking, picking good names for one’s children is apparently important for their life outcomes. People tend to love their own names and tend to favour and gravitate towards those who share a … Read More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of First Impressions
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Post No.: 0159   Furrywisepuppy says:   Although first impressions are typically based on highly superficial cues that can be temporarily faked, or can be highly unrepresentative of how a person is most of the time – first impressions matter … Read More

The Developing Brains of Adolescents
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Post No.: 0142   Furrywisepuppy says:   Adolescent brains take many years to develop and mature. The duration of adolescence is currently disputed amongst scientists – it certainly starts when an individual starts puberty, but when it ends has no … Read More

How a Child Picks Up His or Her First Language
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Post No.: 0132   Furrywisepuppy says:   We tend to find it totally natural to speak to babies with a higher pitch than normal, with a rhythmic pace and exaggerating the length of the words – this ‘parentese’ or ‘baby … Read More

Familiarity Does Not Breed Contempt
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Post No.: 0126   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let’s start with some obvious generalities first – we like people we associate with rewarding and happy feelings and events (e.g. gift giving, romantic dinners, holidays, laughter). We also tend to like people … Read More

If Your Children Won’t Eat Their Greens, Try and Try Again
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Post No.: 0105   Furrywisepuppy says:   Our early life experiences with food greatly shape our food preferences when older – we tend to like what we got used to consuming when young. This can possibly even extend to during … Read More

Helping Your Children to Discover the Things They’ll Enjoy
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Post No.: 0098   Furrywisepuppy says:   Rhythm is innate for most infants. So, as kids, learning to play a musical instrument can be a great joy in and of itself and if they love it then that’s perfect. But … Read More

A Child’s Early Years is a Most Critical Time
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Post No.: 0091   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A child born naturally left-handed can be made to become right-handed, and over time it’ll become extremely difficult for this person to try to become left-handed – just as difficult as for any … Read More

Be Yourself. No Really Just Be Yourself!
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Post No.: 0083   Fluffystealthkitten says:   If you’re looking for love then finding the right partner in a relationship is about compatibility. It’s not merely about the list of desirable attributes you want in your potential partner, or their … Read More

Nature Versus Nurture, Genes Versus Environment
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Post No.: 0053   Furrywisepuppy says:   The question of ‘nature versus nurture’ is a very common one, but it can be as pointless as asking whether the water or the tea leaves is or are more important in making … Read More

Aim For Prevention Rather Than (Hope For a) Cure
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Post No.: 0040   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s far more difficult to change a habit than to start one – so it’s best to build good habits in from the very start. We are creatures of habit (like all creatures … Read More

Chess or Video Games? Classical or Pop Music?
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Post No.: 0027   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many people are particularly impressed with people who can speak multiple languages (unless someone speaks their native language as a second language that is!) or can play a classical musical instrument. Maybe it’s … Read More

Playing is Learning Too
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Post No.: 0009   Furrywisepuppy says:   Humans (and other animals) learn not just via behaviourism (as in conditioning e.g. do x, get rewarded, want to do x again; or do y, get punished, don’t want to do y again) … Read More

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