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2009-09-15 09:27:45

Two new studies explore how discipline changes during childhood and adolescence, and what family factors affect those changes. They conclude that when parents use physical discipline through childhood, their children experience more behavior problems in adolescence. The studies were conducted by researchers at Duke University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Auburn University, and Indiana University. They appear in the September/October 2009 issue of Child...

2009-09-15 09:24:13

More than a third of American infants and toddlers live in homes where the television is on most or all the time, even if no one's watching. A new study looks for the first time at the effect of background TV on interactions between parents and young children"”and finds that the effect is negative. The study, in the September/October 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, was done by researchers at the University of Massachusetts. The researchers studied about 50 1-, 2-, and...

2009-09-15 09:15:47

American infants and toddlers watch TV an average of two hours a day, and much of the programming is billed as educational. A new study finds that children under age 3 learn less from these videos that we might think"”unless there's an adult present to interact with them and support their learning. The study, by researchers at Temple University and the University of Delaware, can be found in the September/October 2009 issue of the journal Child Development. The researchers studied...

2009-08-11 05:00:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it is recognizing their favorite color, building a tower of blocks or wobbling through their first step, the early years of a child's life are filled with exciting and important achievements. Vtech Electronics, the leader in electronic learning toys, understands how vital it is for parents to encourage their children as they navigate these milestones. Inspired by parents' questions on their child's growth, Vtech has added four new items to its...

2009-07-15 13:35:57

New research at Queen's University shows that the way preschool children understand false beliefs can be linked to particular aspects of brain development. This landmark research may aid in understanding developmental disorders such as autism.One of the most important ways that preschool children develop socially is by learning how to understand others people's thoughts and feelings. As they mature, most children discover that people's thoughts and feelings about the world and the way the...

2009-07-15 08:03:59

Social cognition"”the ability to think about the minds and mental states of others"”is essential for human beings. In the last decade, a group of regions has been discovered in the human brain that are specifically used for social cognition. A new study in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development investigates these brain regions for the first time in human children. The study has implications for children with autism.Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of...

2009-07-15 08:01:52

The capacity to figure out what others are thinking and what they mean is an ability unique to people that's central to our lives. A new study on the neural mechanisms that govern these abilities sheds light on the relation between how people and groups interact, on the one hand, and how the brain develops and functions, on the other.The study, in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, was conducted by researchers at Queen's University at Kingston in Ontario, Canada.In...

2009-07-15 07:55:00

Young adolescents care a lot about what others think about them. A new study confirms this using brain-mapping techniques that shed new light on this complex period of social development.The study, published in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, is authored by researchers at the University of Oregon and the University of California Los Angeles.Previous research into this area has relied on reports by teenagers themselves. This study eliminated the potential bias of...

2009-07-15 07:52:04

Children raised in institutions are more likely to lag physically, socially, and cognitively, but little is known about what happens to children's brains when they live in institutions. Now a new study finds that placing institutionalized children in high-quality foster care may improve their brain activity.The study, in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, was carried out as part of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, a longitudinal look at the effects of...

2009-06-01 16:53:40

For every hour they spend in the presence of an audible television, parents speak fewer words and infants are less likely to make vocalizations in response, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.An increasing number of children are exposed to television during their early years, according to background information in the article. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages television or video viewing...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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