Category Archives: Brain development

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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Family income, Parental Education and Brain structure in Children and Adolescents

Socioeconomic disparities are associated with differences in cognitive development. The extent to which this translates to disparities in brain structure is unclear. We investigated relationships between socioeconomic factors and brain morphometry, independently of genetic ancestry, among a cohort of 1,099 … Continue reading

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Poverty shrinks Brains from Birth

Studies show that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities. The stress of growing up poor can hurt a child’s brain development starting before birth, research suggests — and even very small differences in income can … Continue reading

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Development of the Adolescent Brain and Social Cognition

Adolescence is a time of considerable development at the level of behavior, cognition and the brain. This article reviews histological and brain imaging studies that have demonstrated specific changes in neural architecture during puberty and adolescence, outlining trajectories of grey … Continue reading

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How Concepts Develop in the Brain

Thanks to Carnegie Mellon University advances in brain imaging technology, we now know how specific concrete objects are coded in the brain, to the point where we can identify which object, such as a house or a banana, someone is … Continue reading

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The Story of a Lonely Brain

Humans are born to a longer period of total dependence than any other animal we know of, and we also know that mistreatment or neglect during this time often leads to social, emotional, cognitive and mental health problems in later … Continue reading

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Your Baby’s Brain on Sunshine – Vitamin D and Neurodevelopment

We’ve long associated vitamin D deficiency with rickets, but autism? Schizophrenia? Depression? The past decade of research has cast light on a new role for the sunshine vitamin and there’s a growing consensus: vitamin D deficiency doesn’t just harm developing … Continue reading

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The Divided Brain

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. View also the complete lecture: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

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The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

Renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how the ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.

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Social Networks Matter: Friends Increase the Size of Your Brain

Human beings are the most social of the primates and have the largest group sizes of any species in our order. For about 90% of our existence, we lived in hunter-gatherer societies with populations that likely clustered around 150-200 individuals. … Continue reading

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