Many of us suffered terrible losses in 2021. In the field of positive psychology, we lost two of our most influential scholars: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Ed Diener. In their honor, I’d like to remember and appreciate the contributions they made to the understanding of human flourishing. [Read more…] about Ten insights on human well-being and potential from two giants we sadly lost in 2021: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Ed Diener
Rationality doesn’t equal efficiency: Cellphone data shows how we navigate cities
Think of your morning walk to work, school or your favorite coffee shop. Are you taking the shortest possible route to your destination? According to big data research that my colleagues and I conducted, the answer is no: People’s brains are not wired for optimal navigation.
Instead of calculating the shortest path, people try to point straight toward their destinations – we call it the “pointiest path” – even if it is not the most efficient way to walk. [Read more…] about Rationality doesn’t equal efficiency: Cellphone data shows how we navigate cities
What should come first to treat ADHD in children, behavior therapy or stimulant medication?
Stimulant medication treatment and behavior therapy are currently the two child ADHD treatments with the strongest research support. However, when parents begin treatment for their child, or when professionals are initiating treatment with a new client, there is no research to guide the decision of which approach to begin with.
Is it better to start with medication treatment and add behavior therapy if needed? Or, should behavior therapy come first with medication added if the child’s response is not sufficient? Or, is it always preferable to begin with combined treatment? [Read more…] about What should come first to treat ADHD in children, behavior therapy or stimulant medication?
Three Ss to reduce the stress of “homeschooling” our kids: Simplify, Structure, Support
With nationwide school closures in effect, many parents are now monitoring homeschooling while at the same time trying to make a living in the midst of an economic crisis. In this environment of broken routine and uncertainty, chances are your child is showing big feelings and challenging behaviors.
In my work as a school psychologist, I’ve been hearing from parents that despite their best efforts, their children are struggling with meeting homeschool expectations. Kids who [Read more…] about Three Ss to reduce the stress of “homeschooling” our kids: Simplify, Structure, Support
UCSF to open innovative neurology clinic to address “diagnostic odyssey”
UCSF to Launch Unique Neurology Clinic Specializing in Difficult-to-Diagnose Cases (press release):
“A proposed neurology clinic at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay aims to shortcut the “diagnostic odyssey” faced by many patients with baffling brain symptoms that do not meet the standard criteria for any specific condition.
Patients with ambiguous neurological symptoms, but no diagnosis, frequently [Read more…] about UCSF to open innovative neurology clinic to address “diagnostic odyssey”
Lack of sleep seen to cause sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in adolescents with attention deficits
It is estimated that up to 75% of youth with ADHD have sleep problems. And, experimental studies that manipulate sleep quantity have demonstrated a causal link between sleep and ADHD behavior in children.
However, there has been no prior work in which sleep duration has been manipulated in adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. [Read more…] about Lack of sleep seen to cause sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in adolescents with attention deficits