Category: Child Brain Development

Reading-Readiness: Why Parents Should Read to their Young Children

- According to a new study conducted by Dr. John S. Hutton of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, parents who read early to their kids help the young brains for “reading-readiness”. The functional magnetic resonance imaging scans done during the research showed different levels of brain activity between preschoolers …
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A Lot of Children Under Age One Are Exposed to Media Devices

- Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to avoid exposing children under age two to devices like televisions, computers, tablets or smartphones, a new study reveals that more than one-third of infants are already playing with this kind of products. Amazingly, as many as one in seven 1-year-old toddlers …
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Early Childhood Education Begins Years Before Pre-Kindergarten

- The first three years of life – long before pre-K – are the most important for brain development. During this crucial time, children can learn through consistent experiences how to build effective relationships, solve problems and adapt to their environment. The economic advantages of a focus on this determining …
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Why Parents Should Discuss Math with their Preschoolers at Mealtime

- According to a recent study by researchers at Chile’s Pontifical Catholic University and at the University of Michigan, children whose parents discuss simple arithmetic with them at the dinner table become better at math. This research is part of a broader experience aimed at giving to early numeracy the …
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Study: Children’s Brain Size Can Be Molded by Experience

- According to a study led by Kimberly Noble, a professor of pediatrics at both Teachers College, Columbia University and at the university’s medical school, with Elizabeth Sowell, a researcher at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as senior author: the development of children’s and teenagers’ brains seems to be linked to family income. …
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What Do Parents of Successful Children Have in Common?

Most parents want their children to succeed at school and later in their professional career. So far, even if nobody has discovered the perfect parenting recipes, psychologists have determined seven factors that can significantly help parents to raise great achievers. Discover here what parents of the most successful children have in …
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How to Develop a Growth Mindset in our Children

- The concept of “growth mindset” – opposed to “fixed mindset” – was discovered by famous Stanford Professor Carol Dweck. It is the belief that our intelligence and abilities in domains as diverse as math, language, creativity, relationship, leadership or sports are not fixed at birth, but can be developed …
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The Flynn Effect: Why We Are Smarter Than our Grandparents

- The continual increase in the intelligence quotient (IQ) scores during the last century indicates that most people living nowadays in America are smarter than their grandparents. This is called the Flynn effect, named after James Flynn the psychologist who discovered this trend. – According to Flynn’s principle, if people …
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If Gender Gaps Are Not Due to Inborn Abilities, Why Do Girls Beat Boys Academically?

- According to the 2012 PISA study, one in seven male students didn’t reach base level proficiency in reading, math or science. Among more than 30 countries, 14% of boys and 9% of girls did not reach basic proficiency in any of those three core subjects. A recent report from …
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The “30-Million-Word Gap” That Makes All the Difference for Children’s Success in School

- According to a 1995 study, children from low-income environments will have heard thirty million words less than their better-off peers by age 4, a number that makes a determining difference when school begins. Pupils with a limited vocabulary have weaker reading skills and thereby higher probabilities of lagging academically …
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