Scientists say active early learning shapes the adult brain

An enhanced learning environment during the first five years of life shapes the brain in ways that are apparent four decades later, say Virginia Tech and University of Pennsylvania scientists writing in the June edition of the Journal of Cognitive ...

Jun 8

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Nature draws out a happy place for children

Young children in deprived areas see nature and outdoor spaces as being associated with "happy places", according to a new study published in the journal Child Indicators Research.

May 18

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How spanking may affect brain development in children

Spanking may affect a child's brain development in ways similar to more severe forms of violence, according to a new study led by Harvard researchers.

Apr 27

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Sugar not so nice for your child's brain development

Children are the highest consumers of added sugar, even as high-sugar diets have been linked to health effects like obesity and heart disease and even impaired memory function. However, less is known about how high sugar consumption during ...

Apr 13

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Happy childhood? That's no guarantee for good mental health

It's well understood that a difficult childhood can increase the likelihood of mental illness, but according to new research from the University of South Australia, a happy and secure childhood does not always protect a child from developing a ...

Feb 20

Categories: Child Development, Happiness

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Students enjoy classes more and get better grades if they feel their ...

According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, something else might have an impact on our educational achievements: our assumptions about our professors. If we believe they have faith in our ability to change ...

Feb 16

Categories: Child Development, Learning Difficulties

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Strong social support decreases mental health problems in young ...

Early adulthood, a transitional life stage marked by major changes in social roles and responsibilities, can bring with it an increase of mental health problems. A team of McGill University researchers has found that young adults who perceived ...

Jan 5

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Why writing by hand makes kids smarter

New brain research shows that writing by hand helps children learn more and remember better. At the same time, schools are becoming more and more digital, and a European survey shows that Norwegian children spend the most time online of 19 countries ...

Oct 6

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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