Video games can have lasting impact on learning

A computer-based brain training program developed at Yale University helps improve student performance in reading and math - in some cases even more than individualized tutoring, according to a new study.

Sep 21

Categories: Child Development, Learning Difficulties


An insecure childhood can make dealing with stress harder

Imagine two candidates at a high stakes job interview. One of them handles the pressure with ease and sails through the interview. The other candidate, however, feels very nervous and under-performs. Why do some people perform better than others ...

Sep 2

Categories: Child Development, Stress Management


Study of brain activity shows that food commercials influence ...

Food advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry, with approximately $1.8 billion annually aimed at children and adolescents, who view between 1,000 and 2,000 ads per year. Some studies have shown that there is a relationship between receptivity ...

Aug 15

Categories: Child Development


Early-childhood attention skills help predict long-term academic ...

Which early child characteristics predict long-term academic achievement and educational attainment? Research has focused on the role of early academic skills, learning enhancing behaviors, and socioemotional competencies as precursors of academic ...

Aug 3

Categories: Child Development


Neuro Harlow: The Effect Of A Mother's Touch On Her Child's ...

In the 1950s, the American psychologist Harry Harlow famously showed that infant rhesus monkeys would rather cling to a surrogate wire mother covered in cosy cloth, than to one that provided milk.

Jul 29

Categories: Child Development


Childhood Trauma: Overcoming the Hurt of Invalidation

“We can’t smooth over hurt feelings in our families,” Brene Brown writes. “It’s too easy for stockpiled hurt to turn into rage, resentment, and isolation. We must talk about it. Even when we don’t want to. Even when we’re tired.”

Jul 27

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Post Traumatic ...


Low attention control in early adolescence is a genetic risk factor ...

University of Texas at Arlington researchers have found that low attention control in early adolescence is related to a genetic risk factor for four different anxiety disorders. Young teens who suffer from anxiety are also more vulnerable to ...

Jun 21

Categories: Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child ...


‘Children with ADHD are not misbehaving’

"Inattentive”, “naughty”, “lazy”. Nine-year-old Vinay (name changed) had grown accustomed to being told off by his teachers at school. His report cards, through primary and secondary school, were curiously erratic — he would score ...

Jun 13

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development


New research shows that a parent's perception of their child's weight ...

Researchers from the University of Liverpool and Florida State University College of Medicine have conducted a study on the effect the misperception of a child's weight by their parents can have on a child's actual weight.

Apr 22

Categories: Child Development, Parenting


By age 3 environmental factors like parenting are relevant to the ...

University of Texas at Arlington researchers have found that by age 3 environmental influences such as parenting are relevant factors in the development of toddlers' self-control when they are asked not to do something they want to do, such as run ...

Apr 16

Categories: Child Development


Girls benefit from extra lessons, but what about boys?

Plans to extend the school day to increase achievement might not have the desired effect on all children, depending on the gender suggests the results of a study.

Apr 1

Categories: Academic Issues, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development


Sleep changes seen with fetal alcohol exposure partly explain ...

Slow-wave sleep - the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day's events into permanent memories - is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb.

Feb 29

Categories: Child Development, Depression, Learning Difficulties, Mood Swings / ...


The Reason Parents Should Show Their True Feelings To Their Children

Some parents always try to hide their negative emotions and amplify their positive emotions.

Feb 29

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting


Risk of lasting mental health problems for severely victimized LGBT ...

Since 2010, more than 613,000 people have pledged to combat bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens as part of the "It Gets Better" campaign. And a new Northwestern Medicine study has found that most adolescents would agree ...

Feb 10

Categories: Child Development, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) ...


Poverty's Role in Intellectual Development

New research finds that a disadvantaged environment can prevent genetics from doing its job.

Dec 30

Categories: Child Development