Category Archives: Brain development

Child Abuse Can Impair Brain Wiring

McGill researchers report those who suffer from traumatic experiences during childhood, like severe abuse, show significant abnormalities in the structure and cell function in the anterior cingulate cortex, an area of the brain associated with emotion and mood regulation. Researchers … Continue reading

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Wealth disparity and family income impact the brain development

Female teenagers living in neighborhoods with wide salary gaps and a low-income household show changes to their brain maturation that could indicate a higher risk of developing mental illness in adulthood, suggests a recently published study by Canadian researchers. The … Continue reading

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Early Childhood Experience Defines Brain Development

Early childhood experience has a profound impact on structural and dynamical features of the brain and may shed light on precursors of brain dysfunction. In the year 2000, 136 abandoned children in Bucharest were enrolled in a now famous study. … Continue reading

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Brain Development Altered by Early Childhood Depression

The brains of children who suffer clinical depression as preschoolers develop abnormally, compared with the brains of preschoolers unaffected by the disorder, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Their gray matter — tissue … Continue reading

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Brain and Music Program

Music Education and Brain Development Over the past two decades, music training has been associated with better than average language and mathematical skills and higher IQ, while differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been found in brain areas related to … Continue reading

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What Happens in the Brain when Children Learn?

Researchers looking at child development often use search-and-find tasks to look at the ways in which children apply what they are learning about the physical world. Tests carried out on toddlers reveal that something quite remarkable happens in child development … Continue reading

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This Is your Brain on Poverty

Data visualizations highlight the surprising connections between income and brain structure skills. First, it is essential to define the problem: in what specific ways does poverty impact brain function? To address this question, Noble recruited some 150 children from various … Continue reading

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How Sleep deprivation affects Children’s Brains

Sleep deprivation affects children’s brains differently than adults’, according to a new study. Any parent can tell you about the consequences of their child not getting enough sleep. But there is far less known about the details of how sleep … Continue reading

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Large Human Brain Evolved as a Result of ‘Sizing Each Other Up’ in large Cooperative Social Groups

Researchers propose the human brain is disproportionately large as a result of sizing one another up in large cooperative social groups. Experts suggest that complex decisions of whether to help someone or not could have led to the disproportionately large … Continue reading

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The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable

Humans are awesome. Our brains are gigantic, seven times larger than they should be for the size of our bodies. The human brain uses 25% of all the energy the body requires each day. And it became enormous in a … Continue reading

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