On the Record
"Psychologists use a range of tools to help clients. Medication will be an adjunct."
--Elaine LeVine, PhD, of the New Mexico Psychological Association, discussing the recent legislative victory that enables psychologists to prescribe in her state. Time, March 18.
"It completely blows [Jean] Piaget's theory out of the water that says that babies can't mentally represent symbols until they are almost 2 years and therefore can't learn to talk until then....It's fine motor skills that are lacking in young infants, not the conceptual ability to understand and use language."
--Stephanie Stein, PhD, Central Washington University professor of developmental psychology, in an article about using sign language for better communication with preverbal children. The Honolulu Advertiser, Feb. 10.
"We've seen the enemy, and they are small. They're unionized little suckers from the get-go. We need to change that 'me-me-me' [attitude] to a 'we-we-we.' Parents need to find a way for kids to give to the family."
--Consulting family psychologist Kevin Leman, EdD. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 6.
"There are natural-born short sleepers who are perfectly healthy with fewer than six hours. They couldn't sleep more if you paid them--because we've tried, and they can't."
--Rosalind D. Cartwright, PhD, of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, responding to a recent study's claims that fewer than eight hours of sleep per night might not be healthy, in an article about the study. Peninsula Clarion Feb. 17.