Schools that have tried starting their school day at least 30 minutes later are discovering that the extra time leads to positive outcomes for students: reduced tardiness, increased alertness in class, and better moods are just a few of the improvements noted. A small study that explains why even a half hour makes a significant difference joins a “growing body of evidence that changing the start time for high schools is good for adolescents.” The key lies in bed—many teens have difficulty falling asleep before 11 p.m. and are likely to be in their deepest sleep around dawn. The interruption of getting up early, and thus being deprived of deep sleep, can leave one groggy.
The earbud-wearing, texting, multitasking average teenager may have her problems—but being well-adjusted psychologically isn’t necessarily one of them. According to recent psychological research, the dizzying array electronics and nonstop interactivity of today’s digital kids is not bad for their well-being. In fact, beyond the beeps and clicks, “terminally distracted” adolescents are gaining social skills, developing emotional bonds, forming their own identities, and learning to communicate effectively. Those who spend lots of time on social media sites often are healthier psychologically than their parents typically give them credit for. Go figure.
Emotions can cause our memory of events to be distorted, especially when those events involve negative emotions. Researchers who developed tests to help determine the level of emotion-induced false memory found that true memory levels are lowest, and false memory levels are highest, when an experience has such negative emotional qualities. But according to a new study, not everyone’s memory is affected the same. It seems inaccurate memories occur less often in children than in adults.
- Study Shows Teens Benefit from Later School Day
This articles presents findings on the question of how starting the school day later affects teens’ well-being, including their academic performance.
(Source: American Psychological Association, July 5, 2010)
- Are Networked Teens Healthier?
This article shows why assumptions that constant use of electronics and new media negatively impacts teenagers’ health are wrongheaded.
(Source: Chicago Tribune, July 20, 2010)
- Adults Recall Negative Events Less Accurately Than Children, Study Finds
This article reveals that age plays a surprising role in how our memories are affected by experiences that involve negative emotions.
(Source: ScienceDaily, July 23, 2010)