Category Archives: Child

Neural synchrony in mother-child conversation

Conversations are an essential form of communication in daily family life. Specific patterns of caregiver-child conversations have been linked to children‟s socio-cognitive development and child relationship quality beyond the immediate family environment. Recently, interpersonal neural synchronization has been proposed as a neural mechanism … Continue reading

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Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain

Children born to moms who smoked or ingested marijuana during pregnancy suffer higher rates of depression, hyperactivity, and inattention. We live in a medicated era. Recent data indicate that more than half of Americans are currently taking prescription drugs. Among … 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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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Children’s Moral Judgement

New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) argues that children’s ability to make moral judgements has often been substantially underestimated. “The long-held claim has been that young children judge according to the outcome of an event, rather than … Continue reading

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The Birth of Politics in Children

A new study looks at how the notion of equality and sense of justice develops in children. As they grow up, do children become young Robin Hoods? Depending on their age, they do not allocate resources in the same way … Continue reading

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Socioeconomic status and the Developing Brain

Childhood socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with cognitive achievement throughout life. How does SES relate to brain development, and what are the mechanisms by which SES might exert its influence? We review studies in which behavioral, electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods … Continue reading

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