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Monday, March 08, 2010

Why Do We Laugh?

APA In his review of the quirky French comedy Welcome to the Sticks (2008), Keith Oatley notes this film is "not of the kind in which one might laugh at someone slipping on a banana skin. Instead the director and actors have contrived a joining-in-together laughter, in which they take part." He goes on to comment on the film in the context of an early 20th century philosopher's take on why people laugh—that laughter is completely human, that we do not laugh unless we are a bit detached, and that laughter is social so we only laugh when we are in touch with others. How well do you believe these ideas hold true? How might you expand or edit these points? What other key principles would you add based on the latest science?

Read the Review
ReviewJust for a Laugh
By Keith Oatley
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(45)

Monday, March 01, 2010

How Best to Define Child Poverty?

APA In Alice Honig's review of Poverty and Brain Development During Childhood: An Approach From Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience by Sebastian Lipina and Jorge Colombo, she discusses the authors' review of different operational definitions of child poverty. She notes that some definitions focus on income level, others focus on family access to programs that prevent premature birth and infant/child mortality, while others focus on family variables that impact child development such as low cognitive stimulation, lack of learning materials in the home, and/or punitive parenting styles. As yet there is no clear consensus on how to conceptualize and measure child poverty. The authors call for "real dialogue" and a "multidisciplinary effort" among researchers and practitioners to identify children's environmental requirements as a step toward consensus on definitions and measurement issues.

How might the goal of consensus best be achieved? What barriers need to be overcome in order to have the dialogue and multidisciplinary effort that the authors call for? In terms of defining child poverty, what variables would be imperative to include?

Read the Review
ReviewThe Awesome Brain and the Harm That Poverty Can Cause
By Alice Sterling Honig
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(46)

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