Category: Child Brain Development

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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Talk and Sing to your Fetus! Language Skills Development Starts in the Womb

– According to a new research on premature infants led by scientists at Harvard Medical School, a mother’s voice has a direct effect on the language skills development of her fetus. Hearing sounds – like words and music – is one of the first sensory experiences of a human being …
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Parent’s Education Has a Direct Impact on a Child’s Success in School

– According to a research conducted at New York University, the education level of mothers and fathers has a direct influence not only on their children’s academic performance, but also on the behaviors and social connections that lead a student to school success. This occurs as well with adopted kids …
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Which Skills Do Children Need to Succeed Nowadays?

– In a recent survey by Pew Research Center, a sample of American adults were asked to determine – among a list of 10 skills – which abilities kids need most to succeed in the world today. The result was clear: communication skills were ranked first, followed by reading, math, …
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Mothers Should Let Fathers Be More Involved in Boys’ Education

– According to parenting expert and former teacher Noël Janis-Norton, author of the new book “Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys”, mothers too possessive of their boys and who are reluctant to let men be strong father figures have a detrimental effect on their children’s upbringing. As role-models, fathers have a more …
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