Infant and Preschool Learning News
December 8, 2019

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How 'Knowing Less' Can Boost Language Development in Children

Children may learn new words better when they learn them in the context of other words they are just learning -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers investigated ... read more

Mothers' Behavior Influences Bonding Hormone Oxytocin in Babies

A new epigenetic study now suggests that mothers' behavior can also have a substantial impact on their children's developing oxytocin ... read more

How Babies Integrate New Events Into Their Knowledge

Babies seek to understand the world around them and learn many new things every day. Unexpected events -- for example when a ball falls through a table -- provide researchers with the unique ... read more

Analyses of Newborn Babies' Head Odors Suggest Importance in Facilitating Bonding

Scientists have identified the chemical makeup of the odors produced by newborn babies' heads. The results shed more light on the olfactory ... read more
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Immune 'Control Switch' Could Prevent Brain Injury in Premature Babies

About 15 million babies are born prematurely around the world each year and many suffer brain injuries when their immune response goes into overdrive. Researchers have now discovered an immune ... read more

Baby Formula Improved by Ingredient Often Removed During Homogenization

A clinical trial shows infants who consume formula containing milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) score higher in cognitive, language and motor development than infants consuming a milk-based formula ... read more

First Smart Speaker System That Uses White Noise to Monitor Infants' Breathing

Researchers have developed a new smart speaker skill that lets a device use white noise to both soothe sleeping babies and monitor their breathing and ... read more

Deaf Infants More Attuned to Parent's Visual Cues

A new study finds that deaf infants exposed to American Sign Language are especially tuned to a parent's eye gaze, itself a social connection between parent and child that is linked to early ... read more

Early Reading in Spanish Helps Children Learn to Read English

Immigrant parents worry their children will struggle with reading and fret that as non-English speakers, they can't help. A new study shows that's simply not true. Reading to a young child ... read more

Stress During Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Sex, Risk of Preterm Birth

A new study has identified markers of maternal stress -- both physical and psychological -- that may influence a baby's sex and the likelihood of preterm ... read more

Screening Kindergarten Readiness

Researchers have found that a readiness test can predict kindergarteners' success in school after 18 ... read more

Prenatal Stress Could Affect Baby's Brain

New research has found that maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby's brain ... read more

An 'Unprecedented' Rise in Infant Mortality in England Linked to Poverty

A new study links a rise in infant mortality in England to ... read more

Fathers-to-Be Should Avoid Alcohol Six Months Before Conception

Aspiring parents should both avoid drinking alcohol prior to conception to protect against congenital heart ... read more

Poor Mental and Physical Health in Pregnancy Linked to Infant Sleep Problems

Severe and persistent infant sleep problems in the first year are linked to poor maternal mental and physical health during pregnancy, a new study has ... read more

Fish Fathers Exhibit Signatures of 'Baby Brain' That May Facilitate Parental Care Behavior

Many new parents are familiar with terms like 'baby brain' or 'mommy brain' that hint at an unavoidable decline in cognitive function associated with the hormonal changes of ... read more

For Baboons, a Mother's History of Hardship Can Have Lasting Effects on Her Kids Too

Numerous studies show that children who had a rough start in life are more likely to have health problems later on. The pattern isn't unique to humans. But for baboons, the impacts aren't ... read more

Emphasizing Social Play in Kindergarten Improves Academics, Reduces Teacher Burnout

Emphasizing more play, hands-on learning, and students helping one another in kindergarten improves academic outcomes, self-control and attention regulation, finds new UBC ... read more

'Time-Outs' at Home Not Associated With Long-Term Negative Effects in Children

Researchers find no differences in emotional and behavioral health between kids whose parents reported using time-outs and those who ... read more

Paid Family Leave Improves Vaccination Rates in Infants

Parents who take paid family leave after the birth of a newborn are more likely to have their child vaccinated on time compared to those who do not, according to new ... read more

Having an Elder Brother Is Associated With Slower Language Development

Several studies had already demonstrated that children who have an elder sibling have poorer linguistic performance than those who have none. Now a research team reported a more specific result: this ... read more

Unhappy Mothers Talk More to Their Baby Boys, Study Finds

Mothers who are dissatisfied with their male partners spend more time talking to their infants -- but only if the child is a boy, according to a new ... read more

Lack of Oxygen Doesn't Kill Infant Brain Cells

Research raises new concerns about the vulnerability of the preterm brain to hypoxia. Results confirm that brain cells do not die as previously believed. Rather, hippocampal cells fail to mature ... read more

Kids Wore Video Cameras in Their Preschool Class, for Science

They may all be in the same classroom together, but each child in preschool may have a very different experience, a new study suggests. The researchers documented these different experiences using a ... read more

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