Category: Child Brain Development

Parenting Styles: Why You Should Talk to your Children About Emotions

- Over the years, a good amount of research has defined two antagonistic dimensions in parental behavior. On the one hand are the warm, affectionate, responsive and involved parents, highly responsive to the emotional needs of their children. On the other hand are the more controlling and demanding parents, who …
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Childhood Amnesia: Early Memories Are Forgotten Around the Age of Seven

- Do you remember what happened during your first years of life? According to a new study into childhood amnesia, most childhood memories fade and are lost forever around the age of seven. The scientists found that, between the ages of five and seven, children could recall between 63 to 72 per …
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Babies Are Able to Distinguish Differences Between Languages

- According to a new study conducted at the Early Learning Laboratory (University of Auckland), 13-month-old babies are able to distinguish differences between languages. At this age they understand already that people don’t use the same words in the same way, depending of the language spoken. – Those results show, counter to …
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Theory of Mind: Reading Literary Fiction Helps Children Develop “Mind-Reading” Social Skills

- According to a study by The New School for Social Research, reading literary fiction helps in the improvement of “mind-reading” social skills, the so essential faculty to understand others’ mental states, the so-called Theory of Mind (ToM). – The research participants were assigned five different experiments to measure the influence of three …
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What Is the Educational Value of Tablets and Smartphones for Babies and Toddlers?

- Tablets and smartphones were among the top holiday gifts for children in 2013. Since even a 3-year-old kid is able to use these kind of devices, tablets and smartphones are increasingly used as pacifiers and babysitters. A trend that worries some experts who wonder if the apps and games available …
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Spanking Children: “The Primordial Violence”

- In his new book “The Primordial Violence”, Murray Straus, founder and co-director of the Family Research Lab and professor emeritus of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, presents the results of his evaluation of decades of research about spanking in different cultures. – Among more than 100 studies …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: Students Need Practice, Not Talent, to Become Good at Math

- According to a team of researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, this is “practice” that makes students better at math rather than natural, innate, inherited or inborn “talent”. – The principle that the more we practice, the better we became is valid for any …
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CHILDUP BESTOF: Newborns Are Much Smarter than Previously Thought

At the London Babylab, part of University College London, using an EEG machine and computer equipment, researchers study how infants perceive the world around them. The goal of this work is to better understand how babies’ brains function and develop. It seems that newborns are in fact much more intelligent …
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Mother’s Depression May Have a Negative Impact on the Development of her Newborn’s Brain

According to a recent study, high level of depression in expectant women may have a negative impact on the development of their newborn’s brain. Magnetic resonance imaging scans of the amygdala during fetal development showed a significant reduction of the neural connections in the brain of infants whose mothers were severely depressed …
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Fetuses Don’t Like Alcohol at All

Unfortunately, it is still not clear if pregnant women should or should not drink alcohol. Recent research suggests that drinking small amounts of alcohol is safe for the soon-to-be babies of expectant mothers. According to new research by UC Riverside neuroscientists, though, it would seem that drinking any alcoholic beverage …
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