Tag Archives: Children

Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language

Study shows children remain adept learners until the age of 17 or 18. A great deal of evidence suggests that it is more difficult to learn a new language as an adult than as a child, which has led scientists … Continue reading

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Fathers, your stress could affect your child’s brain

During his lifetime, a father’s experience of stress can alter his sperm in ways that impact the development of his offspring — including their brains and how they themselves respond to stress. It has already been established that a mother’s … Continue reading

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Childhood sexual and emotional abuse leaves “molecular scars” in DNA

Offspring of persons exposed to childhood abuse are at higher risk of neurodevelopmental and physical health disparities across the life course. Animal experiments have indicated that paternal environmental stressors can affect sperm DNA methylation and gene expression in an offspring. Childhood abuse … Continue reading

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Childhood stress leaves lasting mark on genes

Kids who experience severe stress are more likely to develop a host of physical and mental health problems by the time they reach adulthood, including anxiety, depression and mood disorders. But how does early life stress put children at risk … Continue reading

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Personality traits ‘contagious’ among children

When preschoolers spend time around one another, they tend to take on each others’ personalities, indicates a new study. The study, published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggests personality is shaped by the environment and not just … Continue reading

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Younger Kids May Make Better Decisions Than Older Ones

A new study has found that, in a way, the older you get the worse your decision-making becomes. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada, found that younger children seem to make slightly better decisions … Continue reading

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Science for Kids curious Minds

We seek to connect curious minds to the experts and information that will motivate them to ask informed and critical questions about real science throughout their lives. By working directly with scientists, we ensure that our content is of the … Continue reading

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Science at Home with Children

ExpeRimental is a series of short films that make it fun, easy and cheap to do science at home with children aged 4 to 10. Our films give you lots of ideas for kids’ activities that will help you explore … Continue reading

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How Young Children Deal with Death

Researchers consider how best to approach the subject of death with young children. “Mummy, what happens after we die?” Many parents have been asked this kind of question, and it is often difficult to know how best to reply. Should … Continue reading

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Untreated Sleep Apnea in Children Can Harm Brain Cells Tied to Cognition and Mood

Study reports reduced gray matter in areas of the brain associated with mood and cognition in children with obstructive sleep apnea. MRI scans link chronically disrupted sleep to widespread brain cell damage. A study comparing children between 7 and 11 years … Continue reading

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