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August 13, 2020

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Young Children Would Rather Explore Than Get Rewards

Young children will pass up rewards they know they can collect to explore other options, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when adults and 4- to 5-year-old children played a game where ...

AI-Enhanced Precision Medicine Identifies Novel Autism Subtype

A novel precision medicine approach enhanced by artificial intelligence has laid the groundwork for what could be the first biomedical screening and intervention tool for a subtype of autism, reports ...

Excess Weight Among Pregnant Women May Interfere With Child's Developing Brain

Obesity in expectant mothers may hinder the development of the babies' brains as early as the second trimester, a new study ...

Completing the Set: 'Coupon-Collection Behavior' Reduces Sex-Ratio Variation Among Families

A new analysis of sibling records from more than 300,000 individuals suggests that some parents continue to reproduce until they have children of ...
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Prenatal Depression Can Alter Child's Brain Connectivity, Affect Behavior

Altered brain connectivity may be one way prenatal depression influences child behavior, according to new ...

Authors' 'Invisible' Words Reveal Blueprint for Storytelling

The ''invisible'' words that shaped Dickens classics also lead audiences through Spielberg dramas. And according to new research, these small words can be found in a similar ...

Childhood Connection to Nature Has Many Benefits but Is Not Universally Positive, Finds Review

A literature review finds that children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it, but this connection is complex and can also generate ...

Language May Undermine Women in Science and Tech

Researchers examined gender stereotypes baked into 25 languages to explore why fewer women enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics ...

Experiencing Childhood Trauma Makes Body and Brain Age Faster

Children who suffer trauma from abuse or violence early in life show biological signs of aging faster than children who have never experienced adversity, according to new research. The study examined ...

Cell Primary Cilia Lacking in Fragile X Syndrome

Researchers found fewer structures called primary cilia in the brains of mice born with Fragile X syndrome. This provides a clue into possibly treating neurodevelopmental ...

Helicopter Parents Should Step Back and Watch, Study Recommends

Researchers conducted the world's first data-driven study of parenting classes based on the Respectful Approach intervention. The Respectful Approach, modeled on Resources for Infant Educators ...

What Jigsaw Puzzles Tell Us About Child Development

New research shows that children only learn to do jigsaw puzzles once they have reached a certain stage of development. Three-year-olds use trial and error, but four-year-olds are able to use ...

Music Training May Not Make Children Smarter After All

Music training does not have a positive impact on children's cognitive skills, such as memory, and academic achievement, such as maths, reading or writing, according to a study published in ...

'SoundWear' a Heads-Up Sound Augmentation Gadget Helps Expand Children's Play Experience

Researchers designed a wearable bracelet using sound augmentation to leverage play benefits by employing digital technology. The research team also investigated how sound influences children's ...

Invisible Barriers Cut Down on Cheating

Both see-through and pretend partitions promoted honesty in taking tests, psychology experiments show, suggesting simple environmental cues can nudge children to do the right ...

Big Brains and Dexterous Hands

Primates with large brains can master more complex hand movements than those with smaller brains. However, fine motor skills such as using tools can take time to learn, and humans take the longest of ...

Health, Well-Being and Food Security of Families Deteriorating Under COVID-19 Stress

The ongoing disruptive changes from efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are having a substantial negative impact on the physical and mental well-being of parents and their children across the ...

Developing Neural Circuits Linked to Hunting Behavior

Researchers demonstrated the relationship between improvements in zebrafish's hunting skills and the development of sensory coding in a part of the brain which responds to visual ...

Food Supplements May Improve Brain Health Among Young Children in Low Income Countries

Giving nutritional supplements to young children in low income countries for around 6 months could improve their brain (cognitive) health, finds a new ...

Concussions Associated With Cognitive, Behavioral, and Emotional Consequences for Students

Concussions can have a compounding effect on children, leading to long-term cognitive, behavioral, and emotional health consequences, according to ...

Mapping the Brain's Sensory Gatekeeper

Researchers have mapped the thalamic reticular nucleus in unprecedented detail, revealing that the region contains two distinct subnetworks of neurons with different functions. The findings could ...

Insight Into Toddlers' Awareness of Their Own Uncertainty

Toddlers may not be able to describe their feelings of uncertainty, but a new study provides evidence that toddlers may experience and deal with uncertainty in decision making in the same way as ...

Music on the Brain

A new study looks at differences between the brains of Japanese classical musicians, Western classical musicians and nonmusicians. Researchers investigated specific kinds of neural behavior in ...

Pre-Brain Surgery Test Protects Language in Some Tumors

A preoperative procedure might enable surgeons to protect the language centers during brain tumor removal without needing to keep patients awake during ...

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