Dieter Wolke

Dieter Wolke is a researcher at the University of Warwick.[12]He specializes in psychology and developmental psychology.[23]He is a member of Department of Psychology.[4]

He recorded how long babies fussed and cried over a 24-hour period across different countries in the first 12 weeks of life.[5]Wolke has worked at various research institutions in Germany and the UK, including the University of London, the University of Munich, the University of Hertfordshire, and the University of Bristol.[6]He has published widely in leading journals and is on the editorial boards of several journals and scientific advisory boards.[6]He is actively engaged in efforts with policy makers and the public to raise awareness of the long-term effects of bullying victimization.[6]His work is regularly picked up in the media and was recently featured in Nature and the News Scientist.[6]His main research interests include pathways leading to developmental psychopathology; social and emotional development; the development of biological at risk children and infant regulatory problems.[7]

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Early Birth Linked to Introversion, Neuroticism in Adult Life

Babies born at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy were considered very premature in the study, while those born at about 3.3 pounds were considered a very low birth weight. Two hundred had been born very prematurely and/or severely underweight, while 197 were born at term and within the normal weight range. People with this group of character traits are considered to have a "socially withdrawn personality." That means they are less social, less communicative, easily worried and less likely to take risks, according to Wolke and his colleagues. Children who are born very prematurely and/or severely underweight likely experience high levels of stress in neonatal intensive care.[8910]


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Raisin Test Could Help Identify Children At Risk Of Underachieving, Study Suggests

Children, aged 20 months old, who resisted eating a raisin for 60 seconds when it was placed under a cup had better academic achievement and attention at age eight, the Bavarian Longitudinal Study found. Professor Dieter Wolke, from Warwick Medical School, said according to the Telegraph: "The raisin game is an easy and effective tool that is good at assessing inhibitory control in young children, and can be used in clinical practice to identify children at risk of attention and learning problems. "Better inhibitory control at age 20 months predicted better attention regulation and academic achievement at age eight." Researchers found the children who successfully waited before eating the raisin when they were a toddler had an average score of 19% higher on the tests when aged eight.[111213]


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Babies in Britain cry more than anywhere else, according to new study

The paper, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggested that the reasons for differences between countries could range from social inequality to how mums soothe babies and feeding patterns. 'Babies are already very different in how much they cry in the first weeks of life – there are large but normal variations,' lead researcher, Prof Dieter Wolke from University of Warwick's department of psychology told The Guardian. On average, babies cried for around two hours a day in the first two weeks after birth. Just because your baby cries, doesn't mean she's got colic.[1415]


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