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The infant brain in the social world: interactive social neuroscience

Typically developing infants rapidly acquire a sophisticated array of social skills within the first year of life. These social skills are largely learned within the context of day-to-day interactions with caregivers. While social neuroscience has made great gains in our … 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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Babies can learn that hard work pays off

Study finds infants try harder after seeing adults struggle to achieve a goal. A new study from MIT reveals that babies as young as 15 months can learn to follow this advice. The researchers found that babies who watched an … Continue reading

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Brain circuits for successful emotional development established during infancy

Researchers in the UNC Early Brain Development Study tracking the development of the brain’s emotion circuitry in infancy found that adult-like functional brain connections for emotional regulation emerge during the first year of life. And the growth of these brain … Continue reading

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The neurodevelopmental precursors of altruistic behavior in infancy

Altruistic behavior is considered a key feature of the human cooperative makeup, with deep ontogenetic roots. The tendency to engage in altruistic behavior varies between individuals and has been linked to differences in responding to fearful faces. The current study tests the hypothesis … Continue reading

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Electronic Baby Toys Decrease Language Skills in Infants

The reality for many families of young children is that opportunities for direct parent-child play time is limited because of financial, work, and other familial factors. Optimizing the quality of limited parent-child play time is important. Electronic toys for infants … Continue reading

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Exposing Infants to Foreign Languages Ignites Learning

Researchers from the University of Washington report that with special tuition, babies from monolingual homes can develop bilingual abilities that remain even after their training is complete. For years, scientists and parents alike have touted the benefits of introducing babies to … Continue reading

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Parent-infant Communication differs by Gender shortly after Birth

Mothers are more likely to respond to their infant’s vocal cues than fathers, and infants respond preferentially to mother’s voice, according to a new study. Researchers also found that mothers may be more likely to vocalize back and forth with … Continue reading

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Intergenerational Transmission of Fear

Babies can learn very early in life to fear something that frightened their mothers even before they were born. Scientists have known for some time that trauma can ripple through generations.  Emotional trauma is transmitted across generations. For example, children … Continue reading

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Inside the Infant Mind

Read Over the past two decades, scientists have shown that babies only a few months old have a solid grasp on basic rules of the physical world. They understand that objects can’t wink in and out of existence, and that … Continue reading

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