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Child Development News
February 18, 2020

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A new study finds the value of using 'parentese,' an exaggerated speaking style that conveys total engagement with ... read more
New brain networks come 'online' during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but ... read more
A team of researchers has conducted the first study of how baby and adult brains interact during natural play, and they found measurable connections in their neural activity. ... read more
Researchers applied tools from network science to identify how anatomical connections in the brain develop to support neural ... read more
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Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children's Health

A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children's play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for ... read more

A Smart Jumpsuit Provides Information on Infants' Movement and Development

A new innovation makes it possible, for the first time, to quantitatively assess children's spontaneous movement in the natural ... read more

Love Matters: How Parents' Love Shapes Children's Lives

Parents often put their own relationship on the back burner to concentrate on their children, but a new study shows that when spouses love each other, children stay in school longer and marry later ... read more

Sitting Still Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Adolescents

Too much time sitting still -- sedentary behavior -- is linked to an increased risk of depressive symptoms in adolescents, finds a new ... read more

Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Connected to Elevated Risk of ADHD

The risk of ADHD was 34 percent higher in children whose mother had a vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy than in those children whose mother's vitamin D level was sufficient during the first ... read more

Linguistics: The Pronunciation Paradox

Learners of foreign languages can hear the errors in pronunciation that fellow learners tend to make, but continue to fall foul of them themselves despite years of practice. A new study of shows that ... read more

New Study Provides Criteria for Good Infant Sleep for the First Time

According to a new study, sleep problems among infants are very common and normally improve by the time the child reaches the age of ... read more

Study Paints Picture of Marijuana Use in Pregnant Women

As marijuana is increasingly being legalized in US states, daily marijuana use among pregnant women is rising, despite evidence that this could harm their babies. Researchers have published findings ... read more

Children's Mental Health Is Affected by Sleep Duration

Depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior and poor cognitive performance in children is affected by the amount of sleep they have, researchers have ... read more

New research finds that altruism may begin in infancy. In a study of nearly 100 19-month-olds, researchers found that children, even when hungry, gave a tasty snack to a stranger in ... read more

Early Life Experiences Biologically and Functionally Mature the Brain

Experiences early in life have an impact on the brain's biological and functional development, shows a new study by a team of ... read more

Aerobic Exercise Training Linked to Enhanced Brain Function

Individuals at risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) because of family history or genetic predisposition who engaged in six months of aerobic exercise training improved their brain glucose ... read more

Kids Diagnosed With ADHD Often Don't Take Medication Regularly

Children diagnosed with ADHD inconsistently take their prescribed medication, going without treatment 40 per cent of the time, a new study has ... read more

Students' Feelings About High School Are Mostly Negative

In a nationwide US survey of 21,678 US high school students, researchers found that nearly 75% of the students' self-reported feelings related to school were ... read more

Genetics Contributes to Mental Health Risks in Adoptees

The adoption of children is a fundamental method of building families. However, adoptees may face subsequent adaptive challenges associated with family stress at the time of birth and during the ... read more

Praise, Rather Than Punish, to See Up to 30% Greater Focus in the Classroom

To improve behavior in class, teachers should focus on praising children for good behavior, rather than telling them off for being disruptive, according to a new ... read more

Young Children Prefer to Learn from Confident People

Researchers found that young children between the age of four and five not only prefer to learn from people who appear confident, they also keep track of how well the person's confidence has ... read more

Facial Paralysis Stigma Takes Emotional Toll, Especially When Acquired Later in Life

People with facial paralysis are more likely to face depression and anxiety than the general population, especially if the paralysis occurs later in life rather than at birth, according to a recent ... read more

Bilingual Language Program for Babies: Online Training for Teachers

A study shows that a bilingual language program for babies can reach more families, and instructors, through online training for ... read more

Traces of the European Enlightenment Found in the DNA of Western Sign Languages

Sign languages throughout North and South America and Europe have centuries-long roots in five European locations, a finding that gives new insight into the influence of the European Enlightenment on ... read more

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