Developing Self-Control for Success

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am going to give you a marshmallow right now. However, if you can wait until I come back before eating it, I will give you another.” That is the instruction from a classic psychological study referred to as the “marshmallow experiment”. The point of the study was to measure young children’s self-control and see how it predicted later behavior. Self-control refers to children learning…

Sleep Problems in Urban Minority Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode focuses on sleep problems in urban, minority early school-aged children. We are featuring a journal article this week titled Sleep problems in urban, minority, early-school-aged children. The authors used 160 mostly Latino parents that lived in urban areas and asked them about the level of sleep problems their 5 to 6 year old children were experiencing. They found that 94% of the parents…

Be Aware of Children’s Mental Health

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teacher softly sighed as she raised her voice one more time, “Alex, please sit down and start on your work!” Alex heard the teacher and headed back to his seat to get back to work on his assignment. However, he got distracted by some classmates and headed over to their desks to see what was going on. Alex is just one of the students…