Study links obesity with reduced brain plasticity

A world-first study has found that severely overweight people are less likely to be able to re-wire their brains and find new neural pathways, a discovery that has significant implications for people recovering from a stroke or brain injury.

Sep 28

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development

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People Who Experienced Parental Divorce as Children Have Lower 'Love ...

People who were children when their parents were divorced showed lower levels of oxytocin - the so-called "love hormone" - when they were adults than those whose parents remained married, according to a study led by Baylor University. That lower ...

Sep 14

Categories: Child Development, Family Problems

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Bilingual children may lose less brain matter as they grow up

In a paper published in Brain Structure and Function, an international team of academics led by the University of Reading and Georgetown University looked at detailed scans of children's and adolescents' brains and found that bilingual participants ...

Sep 4

Categories: Child Development

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Dear infants more attuned to parent’s visual cues

Eye gaze helps infants communicate. Through everyday interaction, eye gaze establishes a social connection between parent and child and is linked to early word learning.

Oct 30

Categories: Child Development

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How babies integrate new events into their knowledge

Researchers invited parents, with their nine-month-olds into the lab to look a short picture stories with either expected or unexpected physical and social outcomes. From the perspectives of infants, observing new or unexpected events allowed ...

Oct 26

Categories: Child Development

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Physical activity in lessons improves students' attainment

Researchers have found that students who take part in exercises like star jumps or running on the spot during school lessons do better in tests than peers who stick to sedentary learning.

Oct 19

Categories: Child Development

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Better sleep habits lead to better college grades

MIT professors have found a strong relationship between students' grades and how much sleep they are getting. What time students go to bed and the consistency of their sleep habits also make a big difference.

Oct 7

Categories: Child Development

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Preterm babies are less likely to form romantic relationships in ...

Meta-analysis conducted by researchers found that adults who were born pre-term are less likely to form romantic relationships than full-term peers

Sep 25

Categories: Child Development

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Predictability of parent interaction positively influences child’s ...

A child’s attachment and ability to regulate emotions are built on a reasonably good interaction with their parents. The importance of the quality of interaction is emphasized during the first few years, when the child’s brain is still ...

Sep 21

Categories: Child Development

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More learning in ‘active learning’ classrooms, but students ...

For decades, there has been evidence that active learning – classroom techniques designed to help students to participate in the learning process – produces better educational outcomes for students at virtually all levels

Sep 18

Categories: Child Development

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Kids wore video cameras in their preschool class, for science

The researchers documented the different experiences by having the children wear a video camera on their head for 2 hours on one day to see what the class was like from the child’s perspective.

Sep 16

Categories: Child Development

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Genetic regions associated with left-handedness identified

It was already known that genes have a partial role in determining handedness – studies of twins have estimated that 25% of the variation in handedness can be attributed to genes – but which genes these are had not been established in the ...

Sep 9

Categories: Child Development

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Lack of oxygen doesn’t kill infant brain cell

Research shows that even a brief 30 minute of hypoxia is enough to persistently disrupt the structure and function of the brain region known as the hippocampus, which is important for learning and memory. These findings raise new concerns about the ...

Sep 2

Categories: Child Development

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Children With An Older Brother Have Poorer Language Skills Than Those ...

A recent study involving French-speaking children investigated the effects of birth order and gender of older siblings on the language abilities of young children. Results show that children who have older brothers tend to develop weaker language ...

Aug 30

Categories: Child Development, Other

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Can pomegranate juice protect the infant brain?

Mothers undergo steps to protect the new-born’s brain, mitigating risk before birth is critical. Some new-borns, such as those with intrauterine growth restriction, are at heightened risk. Intervening before birth to aid in protecting the new born ...

Aug 28

Categories: Child Development

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