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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5 Ways an Extrovert Can Thrive

Extroverts often get a hard wrap. They are exuberant and outgoing, and when this is not managed it can leave other people (especially introverts) feeling bulldozed and drained off all their energy. That being said, extroverts are the life of the ...

Jun 4

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development

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Academic struggles more common in children with epilepsy who have ...

A new study has taken the first-ever look at the academic outcomes of children with epilepsy who have had brain surgery, and found that they have a higher chance of struggling in class following their surgery.

Jun 3

Categories: Child Development

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Beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or ...

Beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or phonics, instead of trying to learn whole words, increase activity in the area of their brains best wired for reading, according to new Stanford research investigating how the brain ...

Jun 2

Categories: Child Development

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Sleep Quality Influences the Cognitive Performance of Autistic and ...

One night of poor sleep significantly decreases performance on intelligence tests in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and also in neurotypical children (without ASD). This is the conclusion made by researchers at the Hôpital ...

May 29

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child Development, Sleep Disorders

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Poverty shapes how children think about themselves

"The Culture of Poverty”, published in 1966 (pdf), was hugely influential, persuading many policy makers that children from low-income families are destined for lives of “criminality, joblessness, and poverty” because they exist in enclaves ...

May 27

Categories: Child Development

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Development of face perception in Japanese children

Face perception plays an important role in social communication. There have been many studies of face perception in human using non-invasive neuroimaging and electrophysiological methods, but studies of face perception in children were quite ...

May 26

Categories: Child Development

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