Category Archives: Brain development

Brain – From Developing to Aging

Neurons develop through delicate and carefully choreographed processes that take place while an embryo grows. Signaling molecules “turn on” certain genes and “turn off ” others, initiating the formation of immature nerve cells. During the next stage — cell division also called proliferation — the pool of early-stage brain … Continue reading

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Engaging young children in conversation boost brain response to language

Study finds engaging young children in conversation is more important for brain development than “dumping words” on them. A landmark 1995 study found that children from higher-income families hear about 30 million more words during their first three years of … Continue reading

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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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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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