Category: Child Brain Development

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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Do Preschoolers Need to Learn Math?

- Two decades ago, a very small percentage of four-year-old children were taught math at home or in preschool. In 1998, as few as 4% of kids entering kindergarten in the US had some knowledge about addition and subtraction. This situation has radically changed: Nowadays, math is part of practically any pre-K …
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The “Word Gap”: Parents Can Boost their Babies’ and Toddlers’ Language Development

- The early results of a program created by Stanford psychologists reveal that teaching parents how to talk to their young children can enhance the language development of their offspring. Research has revealed that the toddlers who were told lesser words during their early years process language slower than their peers who …
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How to Boost the Language Development of your Baby

- A recent remarkable research revealed that the way we talk to very young children – the quality of words – is more important than the quantity of words. The babies and toddlers who have benefited from enhanced speech can have, by age 2, a vocabulary twice as large in comparison with …
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The “Quality of Words” Used with your Baby Counts More Than the “Quantity of Words”

- Two decades ago, a landmark study revealed that, by age 3, children from less-privileged families are already at an educational disadvantage even before they have started school. On average, those kids have heard 30 million fewer words than their peers from more affluent backgrounds. Though, a research published last spring …
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The Huge Long-Term Payoffs of Early Childhood Education

- According to a research by Katherine Magnuson of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Greg Duncan, a professor at the University of California (Irvine), an intensive educational experience during the early years can generate huge returns. Investments in early childhood education are productive expenses that will be paid back later. The children …
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Many Teachers Still Believe That We Do Use Only 10% of our Brain!

- According to an old and persistently repeated assumption, human beings use only 10% of their brains. Science has long ago refuted this idea, but it nevertheless continues to be propagated as a truth. Much more disturbing is the fact, revealed in a recent survey conducted by Paul Howard-Jones at the University of Bristol, that the we-use-only-10%-of-our-brain myth is still …
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