How the sound of nature helps us relax

Playing ‘natural sounds’ affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain, new research shows.

The gentle burbling of a brook or the sound of the wind in the trees can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax. New research explains how, for the first time.

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Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children.

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children.

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What’s right with children who grow up in high-stress

Researchers say children’s unique traits could be used to tailor education, jobs and more effective interventions.

More attention should be given to what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments, suggests a study, so their unique strengths and abilities can be used to more effectively tailor education, jobs, and interventions to fit them.

new research article proposes that more attention be given to what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments so their unique strengths and abilities can be used to more effectively tailor education, jobs, and interventions to fit them.

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Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society

Don’t let your own reaction to stress negatively affect the children in your care!

With new evidence indicating that undesirable stress is likely to have its roots in childhood, Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society is a much-needed resource for anyone who works with children. An authority in the field of stress education, Dr. James Humphrey offers an easy-to-read text on what stress is, how it affects children as opposed to adults, and how to take back control when stress becomes overwhelming. Whether a parent, caretaker, counselor, or teacher, this book will provide you with a better understanding of stress and several methods for helping children cope on a daily basis.

Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society provides readers with an extensive exploration of the definition of stress, from basic terminology to the causes and effects of stress in the daily lives of children and adults. This book will teach you how to better deal with stress in your own life and how to share that knowledge with children. Dr. Humphrey walks you step-by-step through a variety of techniques, exercises, and games that improve a child’s self-image and the confidence necessary to contend with stressful situations.

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Stress for the mother affects the baby through amniotic fluid

If the mother is stressed over a longer period of time during pregnancy, the concentration of stress hormones in amniotic fluid rises, as proven by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Short-term stress situations, however, do not seem to have an unfavorable effect on the development of the fetus.

If the mother is stressed over a longer period of time during pregnancy, the concentration of stress hormones in amniotic fluid rises, as proven by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Zurich. Short-term stress situations, however, do not seem to have an unfavorable effect on the development of the fetus.

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Stress negatively affects chances of conception

Women who reported feeling more stressed during their ovulatory window were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive during that month than other less stressful months, research shows. Highly-stressed women 40-percent less likely to conceive during ovulation window

What many have long suspected, has been scientifically confirmed — women’s high stress reduces their probability of conception.

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Long-term stress erodes memory

Sustained stress — such as that experienced in bad marriages or when working for a beastly boss — erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role, according to a new study.

Sustained stress erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role in the cognitive impairment, according to a new study from researchers at The Ohio State University.

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How the brain adapts to stress

Scientists now have a better understanding of the way that stress impacts the brain. New research reveals pioneering evidence for a new mechanism of stress adaptation and may eventually lead to a better understanding of why prolonged and repeated exposure to stress can lead to anxiety disorders and depression.

Scientists now have a better understanding of the way that stress impacts the brain. New research, published by Cell Press in the January 26 issue of the journal Neuron, reveals pioneering evidence for a new mechanism of stress adaptation and may eventually lead to a better understanding of why prolonged and repeated exposure to stress can lead to anxiety disorders and depression.

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It’s Fine If Your Kid Doesn’t Want to Stick to a Bedtime

Sometimes we don’t give kids enough credit — as easy as childhood can seem to those of us who are on the other side of it, it’s also essentially a long slog through a bunch of things you don’t want to do. Maybe you don’t want to finish the peas on your plate or share your book with the classmate who’s peering over your shoulder, or clean your room, but you do them anyway because someone older told you to. As an adult, you can eat what you want, and read in peace, and leave things as messy as you’d like; as a kid, you don’t have those luxuries.

The same goes for bedtime. In the latest installment of FiveThirtyEight’s (incredibly charming) Science Question From a Toddler series, writer Maggie Koerth-Baker tackled a question from a 5-year-old named Kayla: “Why is it bedtime if it’s still light outside?”

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Health Check: can your brain be ‘full’?

The brain is truly a marvel. A seemingly endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime’s knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches capacity? In other words, can the brain be “full”? The answer is a resounding no, because, well, brains are more sophisticated than that. A study published in Nature Neuroscience earlier this year shows that instead of just crowding in, old information is sometimes pushed out of the brain for new memories to form. Previous behavioral studies have shown that learning new information can lead to forgetting. But in this study, researchers used new neuroimaging techniques to demonstrate for the first time how this effect occurs in the brain.

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