Category Archives: Parents

Stress and Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Psychosocial Impact on Children

The literature on the mental health consequences of public health emergencies, especially for children from developing countries, is sparse and has become available only very recently. Understanding the uncertainties and emotional upheavals experienced by parents and their association with the … Continue reading

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How to ‘bridge minds’ with a child to stimulate brain development

A three-year-old boy struggles to thread beads on a string while his older sister watches. She could ignore him or take over the task to get it done quickly. But if she observes him closely, and realizes that he is … Continue reading

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Synced brains: how to bond with your kids – according to neuroscience

Many people across the world are still living under tough restrictions or lockdowns because of the pandemic, staying home as much as possible. This means that a lot of parents are spending more time than ever with their children. But … Continue reading

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The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need

As Coronavirus spreads throughout the globe, we are surrounded by tragedy and uncertainty. We find ourselves navigating a terrain that changes daily. Work interruptions. Family disruptions. Health concerns. It appears no one is immune to an increase in stress and … Continue reading

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The adaptive Human Parental Brain: implications for children’s social development

Although interest in the neurobiology of parent-infant bonding is a century old, neuroimaging of the human parental brain is recent. After summarizing current comparative research into the neurobiology of parenting, here I chart a global ‘parental caregiving’ network that integrates … Continue reading

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Parents’ brain activity ‘echoes’ their Infant’s brain activity when they play together

When infants are playing with objects, their early attempts to pay attention to things are accompanied by bursts of high-frequency activity in their brain. But what happens when parents play together with them? New research, publishing December 13 in the … Continue reading

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Sleep Better, Parent Better

Study reveals mothers who have insufficient sleep, or lack of quality sleep, are more irritable, suffer impaired attention and are less consistent in their parenting of their adolescents. Research has shown that consistently not getting enough sleep, or getting poor … Continue reading

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The genetic basis of parental care evolution

Parental care is essential for the survival of mammals, yet the mechanisms underlying its evolution remain largely unknown. Here we show that two sister species of mice, Peromyscus polionotus and Peromyscus maniculatus, have large and heritable differences in parental behavior. … Continue reading

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The psychology of Curiosity: A review and reinterpretation

A differential susceptibility hypothesis proposes that children may differ in the degree to which parenting qualities affect aspects of child development. Infants with difficult temperaments may be more susceptible to the effects of parenting than infants with less difficult temperaments. … Continue reading

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