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Child Development Children's Health Parenting

Kids who feel their parents are less reliable take fewer risks vital to learning and growth      (via     Original source 

The researchers studied decisions that more than 150 children ages 10 to 13 made while playing games that offered opportunities to risk a little and explore for potential gains.

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Discrimination during pregnancy can affect infant's brain circuitry      (via     Original source 

Experiences of discrimination and acculturation are known to have a detrimental effect on a person's health. For pregnant women, these painful experiences can also affect the brain circuitry of their children, a new study finds. These effects, the researchers say, are separate from those caused by general stress and depression. The study was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

Child Development Infant and Preschool Learning Parenting Relationships

Genes influence whether infants prefer to look at faces or non-social objects      (via     Original source 

Whether infants at five months of age look mostly at faces or non-social objects such as cars or mobile phones is largely determined by genes. The findings suggest that there is a biological basis for how infants create their unique visual experiences and which things they learn most about.

Child Development

Extra practice blending letter sounds helps struggling readers      (via     Original source 

New research has shown that extra practice in blending printed letter sounds can help struggling beginner readers (age 4-5) learn to read.

Child Development Infant and Preschool Learning Parenting

New study on experience of adopted people as they become parents      (via     Original source 

A new piece of research looks at the challenges faced by adopted people when they become parents. The study investigated the lived experiences of adopted people in the UK as they become parents. Until now research in this area has been very limited and hasn't tended to included the experiences of adopted men as fathers. 

Child Development Psychology Research

Our brains are not able to 'rewire' themselves, despite what most scientists believe, new study argues      (via     Original source 

Contrary to the commonly-held view, the brain does not have the ability to rewire itself to compensate for the loss of sight, an amputation or stroke, for example, say scientists. The researchers argue that the notion that the brain, in response to injury or deficit, can reorganize itself and repurpose particular regions for new functions, is fundamentally flawed -- despite being commonly cited in scientific textbooks. Instead, they argue that what is occurring is merely the brain being trained to utilize already existing, but latent, abilities.

Child Development

Babies as young as four months show signs of self-awareness      (via     Original source 

Babies as young as four months old can make sense of how their bodies interact with the space around them, according to new research.

Child Development Healthy Aging Psychology Research

Hearing loss is associated with subtle changes in the brain      (via     Original source 

A team of researchers employed hearing tests and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine whether hearing impairment is associated with differences in specific brain regions and affects dementia risk.

Child Development

The bilingual brain may be better at ignoring irrelevant information      (via     Original source 

Results showed that bilinguals seem to be more efficient at ignoring information that's irrelevant, rather than suppressing -- or inhibiting information.    

Child Development

AI can 'lie and BS' like its maker, but still not intelligent like humans      (via     Original source 

A researcher contends that the understanding of AI is muddled by linguistics: That while indeed intelligent, AI cannot be intelligent in the way that humans are, even though 'it can lie and BS like its maker.'

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High levels of maternal stress during pregnancy linked to children's behavior problems      (via     Original source 

Children whose mothers are highly stressed, anxious or depressed during pregnancy may be at higher risk for mental health and behavior issues during their childhood and teen years, according to new research.

Child Development Relationships

When languages collide, which survives?      (via     Original source 

Researchers incorporate language ideologies, along with the impact of interaction between individuals with opposing preferences, on the language shift process. The team chose a quantitative approach based on a society in which only one language with two varieties, the standard and the vernacular, existed. The resulting mathematical model can predict the conditions that allow for the coexistence of different languages, presenting a comprehensive view of how language varieties are distributed within societies.

Child Development Chronic Illness Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress

Early-life stress changes more genes in brain than a head injury      (via     Original source 

A surprising thing happened when researchers began exploring whether early-life stress compounds the effects of a childhood head injury on health and behavior later in life: In an animal study, stress changed the activation level of many more genes in the brain than were changed by a bump to the head.

Child Development Children's Health Nutrition Parenting

Study finds melatonin use soaring among youth      (via     Original source 

Nearly one in five school-aged children and preteens now take melatonin for sleep, and some parents routinely give the hormone to preschoolers, according to new research.

Child Development Children's Health Fitness Psychology Research

Physical fitness since childhood predicts cerebellar volume in adolescence      (via     Original source 

Physical fitness since childhood is associated with cerebellar grey matter volume in adolescents. Those who were stronger, faster and more agile, in other words, had better neuromuscular fitness since childhood, had larger Crus I grey matter volume in adolescence.

Child Development Living Well

New AI noise-canceling headphone technology lets wearers pick which sounds they hear      (via     Original source 

Researchers have developed deep-learning algorithms that let users pick which sounds filter through their headphones in real time. Either through voice commands or a smartphone app, headphone wearers can select which sounds they want to include from 20 classes, such as sirens, baby cries, speech, vacuum cleaners and bird chirps.

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Brain imaging identifies biomarkers of mental illness      (via     Original source 

Research and treatment of psychiatric disorders are stymied by a lack of biomarkers -- objective biological or physiological markers that can help diagnose, track, predict, and treat diseases. In a new study, researchers use a very large dataset to identify predictive brain imaging-based biomarkers of mental illness in adolescents.

Child Development

Autism brain states hold the key to unlocking childhood memories, findings show      (via     Original source 

Neuroscientists have discovered a fascinating connection between the retention of early life memories and brain developmental trajectories associated with autism.

Child Development Children's Health

Connectivity scans could serve as brain 'blueprints' for adolescents, researchers find      (via     Original source 

Two new studies highlight how brain imaging can be used to predict and identify cognitive outcomes and psychiatric risk in young people.

Child Development Depression Infant and Preschool Learning Parenting

When dads are feeling a bit depressed or anxious, how do kids fare?      (via     Original source 

A team of researchers has found that slightly higher, but mild anxious or depressive symptoms in fathers were associated with fewer behavioral difficulties in the first years of elementary school and better scores on a standardized IQ test in their children.