Category: Child Brain Development

Why You Should Never Tell your Kids They Are Smart

- The brain is like a muscle and intelligence is not static: the more you use them, the stronger they become. When mistakes are made in processing a difficult task, for example, some neural connections are created while others are reinforced. So a good way to develop the brain is to …
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Why Math Drills and Practice Do Matter for Young Children

- Stanford University’s researchers studied how children’s brains grow in comparison with how they learn math during their schooling. The scientists discovered that as they became older, the students seemed to rely progressively more on fact retrieval than on counting numbers. Some physical changes in the developing brains were also remarkable: the neural …
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Protect your Children from the Pernicious Myth of Inborn Math Ability

- The idea that math ability is genetic, an inherited and fixed asset, is a pernicious myth that condemns many children to failure from the earliest years. This deep-seated assumption that being good at math is a gift can severely impair a kid’s schooling, career and life. Instead of perpetuating such a detrimental belief, …
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Change your Mindset: The Intelligence of your Child Is NOT Fixed at Birth!

- According to an old and persistent common belief, human intelligence is inborn, predetermined by genetics. No matter how much we study or how hard we work, our mind would be immutable. This cultural notion was radically challenged by Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, in her famous book “Mindset: …
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34-Week-Old Fetuses Can Recognize Mom’s Voice and Nursery Rhymes

- A baby’s capacity to learn should not be underestimated, even while still in the womb. University of Florida’s College of Nursing researchers have discovered that after only 34 weeks into a pregnancy fetuses can already recognize mom’s voice and nursery rhymes. – A growing number of pregnant women give their unborn …
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Baby Talk Is Good for your… Baby

- Researchers from the University of Washington – using a Magnetoencephalography machine – looked into what happens in the brains of 7 to 12 month-old infants when people are talking to them. Until then, it was believed that only the parts of the brain involved in “listening” to speech would …
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Up to 50% of 5-Years-Old Kids Have Basic Developmental Problems

- Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester and early education expert, states that developmental problems can have a major impact on later academic performance and that there is an obvious connection between poor physical dexterity in primary school and performance in literacy and numeracy tests taken …
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Reading to Babies Contributes to their Brain Development and Later School Achievement

- About half a century ago, research has found that not only is babies’ brain development faster and more pervasive than previously assumed, but also that newborns are highly reactive to the care they get from their parents or caregivers. To many people, it is still amazing to learn that reading to infants during …
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Four Game Theory-Based Solutions for Easy Parenting

- “Game theory” – the science of “strategic thinking” – is the means of picking the best possible choice based on the way other people are expected to act in a given situation. Game theory can provide some interesting answers in matters of parenting, for example on how to get your kids …
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Environmental Factors Like Family Life and School Have as Much Impact as Genetics in the Intellectual Development of a Child

- Many of the genes that influence how well children can read also affect their math skills. Recent research suggests that 50% of the genes that shape the literacy skills of 12 year-old children are related to their mathematics abilities. Although genes are fundamental elements in brain development, environmental factors like family life and …
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