A Curious Yet Popular Way To Develop The Mind

Over the years, countless studies have been conducted on the effects of music on the human mind. One of the most popular beliefs is that music can stimulate mental development in children. While a good deal of observers has agreed to the theory, some critics claim the effect of music on children to be a myth, something that people simply want to believe.

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Before moving on, there is a twist in the story. Though the theory of mental development by listening to music is still being debated, cultivating a child’s ability to play musical instruments is a different matter altogether. Scientists have observed how children who learn how to play musical instruments at a young age speak better, understand their own emotions more and are better at multitasking as they grow older.

The main reason, researchers suggest, is the enhancement of executive functioning skills, which are given a boost via music lessons. Executive functioning skills involve switching in the middle of tasks, focusing on the task at hand, following complex instructions, and finding solutions to immediate and long-term problems. Music lessons are seen to have an incredibly positive effect on all these skills. What’s more is that researchers have found that these children go on to have a marked higher level of proficiency in academics compared to children who were not enrolled in music lessons.

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Hi there. My name is Dr. Wayne Imber, a retired professor of social and developmental psychology. I spend most of my time playing golf and experimenting in the kitchen. For more on my work and interests, follow me on Twitter.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with scientifically studying how and why human beings change over the course of their lives. Though it was initially just concerned with infants and children, it is a field that today accommodates adolescence, adult development, and aging.

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A developmental psychologist is concerned with understanding and explaining how our feelings, thought, and behaviors change as we live our lives. In other words, this field of scientific study focuses on a human being’s physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.

There are many facets involved in the three dimensions mentioned above, from moral understanding and the acquisition of language to our self-concept and identity formation. As the field expanded, developmental psychologists incorporated different processes and nuances of cultures all over the world: how nature and nurture make us who we are based on our contexts and milieus.

It is not a field that exists in a vacuum; developmental psychology complements and involves a wide array of related fields, from child development and cultural psychology to forensic and cognitive psychology. Some of the most renowned names in the history of psychology are developmental psychologists. These include Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, and Sigmund Freud.

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Retired professor Dr. Wayne Imber taught psychology in many schools in Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts for over 30years. His emphasis was social psychology and developmental psychology. For related reads, visit this blog.

‘Bad British’ cuisine: Breaking an entrenched stereotype

Gordon Ramsay, Alton Brown, and Jamie Oliver are just some of the many household names in cooking that hail from the United Kingdom. But for all the near omnipresence of British chefs on the media, Britain itself has been saddled with the most unfair of culinary stereotypes. British food, so says a lot of people, is terrible, and the prevalence of many strange dishes is often enough to reinforce this thinking.

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The names certainly don’t help: stargazey pie, jellied eels, toad in a hole, spotted dick. The former refers to seafood whereas the latter pertains to sausages. Even the most quintessential British food items, bangers and mash and fish and chips, are all unusually bland and ordinary compared with the hearty contents of other European meal traditions.

And we’re not just talking about the most familiar culinary traditions in Britain. While the English get the bulk of the bad press, the Scottish don’t go off scot-free. Haggis is the go-to dish for ridicule, often derided in pop culture as the epitome of disgusting.

Part of the reason for the bad rap of British cuisine lies mainly in the wide cultural gulf between the Brits and other nationalities. The British seem to prefer many foods a certain way, even though it may seem taboo to other cultures. Some foods simply look weird or made in a bizarre manner: the Cornish stargazey pie involves fish heads sticking out of a pie, whereas more people know about haggis’ mode of production than its actual taste.

Often, the foods themselves seem disgusting but have unexpectedly pleasant flavors. I’ve come to love haggis, which is basically just another sausage but with a richer, burger-like taste. Black pudding (sausage using pig’s blood) is another dish said to taste better than it looks.

All things considered, British food goes beyond its crazy reputation for the weird and disgusting-seeming. Looking past the stereotypes can reveal many underrated delicacies. Hey, the Brits eat them with zeal for a reason.

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The Red Cross volunteer: How to roll up your sleeves to help

Volunteering for causes will never be easy, yet it can be learned. Many times, we get confused as to how we should help in times of need. Delivering vital services means providing relief and support to the people in crisis. These emergency situations call for people who are ready and are truly equipped to help.

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For health and safety volunteers, courses and certifications are needed to help effectively. The jobs require the latest lifesaving skills and techniques for they address health emergencies. Red Cross is huge on this as it is the organization providing volunteers-in-training with the skills that they need to be of help in emergency situations. Red Cross also offers lifeguard training.

For those who wish to help the community in non-emergent situations, Red Cross offers volunteers training for babysitting, caregiving, and swimming courses. These training courses aim to prevent harm in the home setting.

Helping in disaster relief operations need training, too. Red Cross can respond to emergency cases in just 8 minutes. Red Cross responds to various situations from house fires to multi-state natural disasters with a group of excellent volunteers to attend to those affected and provide them with the immediate care that they need.

Making a difference in the community isn’t just done by doing one thing. There are Red Cross volunteers for volunteer management, disaster services, disaster action team, disaster preparedness presenter, and current affairs. Become a Red Cross volunteer and be of help wherever you are.

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The Fascinating World Of Developmental Psychology

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Psychology has always been an intriguing subject. It explains how people are the way they are on a cognitive level. Developmental psychology, a branch of the field, deals with the ways and the reasons people change over their lifetime, from infancy and childhood, to adolescence, adulthood, and old age.

There are three major aspects to personal change. There are the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development. Under these three dimensions, there are several topics such as executive functions, motor skills, moral understanding, social change, personality, language acquisition, emotional growth, self-concept, and identity formation.

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A huge part of developmental psychology is the analysis of the respective influence of nature and nurture on human development. This is tied to the processes of human development, as a person changes over time. The main interacting sections of a human being occur among his characteristics, behavior, and surroundings.

There is quite a number of subfields in developmental psychology. A few examples of these are educational psychology, child psychopathology, child development, cultural psychology, ecological psychology, cognitive psychology, and forensic developmental psychology.

One of the most famous psychologists of all time was a developmental psychologist at heart – Sigmund Freud. He would lead the notable names in the discipline throughout history.

Hi there, I’m Dr. Wayne Imber. I am a professor of psychology and used to teach in Arizona, Chicago, and Massachusetts. Read more about psychology from my Google+ page.