Category: Child Brain Development

Is Altruism the Result of Nature or Nurture?

- It is a long debated subject in psychology if altruism is the result of nature or nurture. According to a research conducted by Stanford scientists, Rodolfo Cortes Barragan and Carol Dweck, children are not “born nice,” and experience and environment play a determining role in this domain.  – A …
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Do You Want to Raise Smart Kids?

- Poor performance doesn’t come from a lack of ability but from a lack of motivation. According to Carol S. Dweck, a renowned professor from Stanford University, it is not a good idea to tell your kids they are smart. Instead, you should congratulate them for their hard work. Decades of …
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Parents Should Better Explain the Advantages of Studying Science and Technology to their Kids

- About three quarters of Canadian children believe that science and technology are fun, and that studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines would be an advantage for their future professional career. So, why are there so few students ready to embrace fields that would help them on any …
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A Baby’s Experience During the First Year Is Key

- A long-lasting study about children from low-income families started in Philadelphia in the late 1980s was finally published in 2010. This research was among the first ones to demonstrate the profound impact of early childhood experience on the development of the brain, as well as the critical importance of …
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Sensitive Early Childhood Caregiving Has Strong Lasting Effect on Academic Success

- Surprisingly, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the University of Delaware, and the University of Illinois, sensitive caregiving during the first three years of life has a stronger impact on children’s later academic abilities than on their later social abilities. – The main …
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Screens Have Negative Effects on Children’s Development

- Early educators argue that old-fashioned traditional books are more efficient than any TV, smartphone, computer or game console to teach young children to read. From birth to six years old, any screen has significantly negative effects on kids’ development. – According to the “Growing Up in Ireland” national longitudinal study, …
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4 Important Things Babies Need to Learn

- Parents have a powerful influence on their children from day one, even as early as conception, as soon as the fetus starts growing in the womb. In their first 12 months, infants practically have no language and their learning process is essentially determined by emotions and thoughts, instead of …
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Mother Tongues Stick Forever in the Human Brain

- According to a new study, a forgotten language that was heard only for a short period during infancy, and only partially learned, will leave a long-lasting impression on the adult brain. Those results confirm the conclusions of previous studies that already highlighted the critical importance of language learning for a …
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The Soothing Influence of Mom on her Suffering Baby

- According to a study by Dr. Regina Sullivan, a neurobiologist at NYU School of Medicine, and colleagues, a mother has a soothing and powerful influence on her suffering baby. The mother’s presence has not only a comforting effect on her infant, but goes as far as to induce genetic shifts and …
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The Bilingual Advantage: Learning Another Language Makes Us Smarter

- According to a recent research from Northwestern University conducted by Dr. Viorica Marian, learning a second language early has many benefits. The study showed that bilingual speakers are better at recognizing the correct word among a series of similarly sounding competing words, for example. But not only. – Besides …
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