Most acts of aggression by toddlers are unprovoked

Watching toddlers pinch, hit and bite each other doesn't fill you with confidence about human nature. But there's no need to be down about it – the little devils don't yet have the self-control to manage their anger and frustration, that's all. ...

Sep 10

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Emotional behavior altered after multiple exposures to anesthesia ...

Repeated exposure to anesthesia early in life causes alterations in emotional behavior that may persist long-term, according to a study.

Sep 9

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Emotional ...

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Laughter as a window on the infant mind

What makes babies laugh? It sounds like one of the most fun questions a researcher could investigate, but there’s a serious scientific reason behind it. Despite the scientific potential, baby laughter is, as a research topic, “strangely ...

Aug 17

Categories: Child Development

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Young picky eaters might have more mental health woes

So your young children won't eat Brussels sprouts, broccoli or beans? Maybe it's just a phase, and they'll grow out of it. Maybe they're tired of you bossing them around and this is one place where they can push back. Maybe, many parents say, you ...

Aug 5

Categories: Anxiety, Child Development, Depression, Eating Disorders, Mental ...

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Diabetic children at greater risk of depression and anxiety

A quarter of Australian teenagers with type 1 diabetes are also struggling with depression and anxiety. A study published today finds that the condition which is treated with injections is placing a significant psychological burden on children.

Jul 20

Categories: Anxiety, Child Development, Depression, Health / Illness / Medical ...

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REM sleep critical for young brain development

Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study. The finding broadens the understanding of children's sleep needs and calls into question the increasing ...

Jul 7

Categories: Child Development

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Eating right for mental health

It's always seemed obvious to me that if what we eat affects our physical health then it probably has an impact on our mental health as well. Yet to consider that our diet could influence in any meaningful way our psyche is regarded by many who work ...

Jul 4

Categories: Child Development

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Stress in low-income families can affect children's learning

Children living in low-income households who endure family instability and emotionally distant caregivers are at risk of having impaired cognitive abilities according to new research from the University of Rochester.

Jun 23

Categories: Child Development

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Do Video Games Inspire Violent Behavior?

On the morning of August 12, 2013, nearly eight months after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people, Michael Mudry, an investigator with the Connecticut State Police, drove to ...

Jun 20

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Just An Hour Per Day Of Play Can Boost Young Brains

Kids were born to move, engage, play and most importantly, be kids. Getting them off the couch and outside after school may be the best way to improve their brain. Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that just an hour of fun, active ...

Jun 12

Categories: Child Development

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Toddlers learn better when you make them giggle

There is probably nothing more fun than making a baby or toddler laugh. And now there's news that it could even help with learning - the toddler's not the adult's.

Jun 11

Categories: Child Development

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Too Much Praise Promotes Narcissism

Sometimes it's cute when kids act self-centered. Yet parenting styles can make the difference between a confident child and a narcissistic nightmare, psychologists at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University in the Netherlands concluded ...

Jun 11

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Surgical anesthesia in young children linked to effects on IQ, brain ...

Children who received general anesthesia for surgery before age 4 had diminished language comprehension, lower IQ and decreased gray matter density in posterior regions of their brain, according to a new study. The authors of the study recommend ...

Jun 10

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development

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Sleep - The Next Best Thing To Practice

As usual, Mom was right. Her advice to get to bed early is being confirmed by human performance researchers, sleep specialists and sports medicine doctors. Kids, especially young athletes, need more sleep.

Jun 8

Categories: Child Development

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Delay of gratification linked to how brain structures are connected

The ability to delay gratification in chimpanzees is linked to how specific structures of the brain are connected and communicate with each other, according to new research.

Jun 5

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development

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