Study confirms gender differences in how teachers perceive playfulness — and provides insights into the potentially damaging effects of discouraging playful behavior in the classroom. Continue reading “Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls, study finds”
Though their purpose and function are still largely unknown, mirror neurons in the brain are believed by some neuroscientists to be central to how humans relate to each other. Deficiencies in mirror neurons might also play a role in autism and other disorders affecting social skills. Continue reading “Monkeys’ Brains Synchronize As They Collaborate To Perform A Motor Task”
Counting, sorting and simple sums: More math activities at home might boost kids’ early number processing and calculation skills. Continue reading “Early numeracy performance of young kids linked to specific math activities at home”
Cognitive skills developed from music lessons appear to transfer to unrelated subjects, leading to improved academic performance. Continue reading “Music lessons improve children’s cognitive skills and academic performance”
Primary school children with reduced cognitive skills for planning and self-restraint are more likely to show increased aggression in middle childhood. Continue reading “Childhood aggression linked to deficits in executive function”
Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans had been inconsistent. Continue reading “Exercise increases brain size, new research finds”
While the national high school dropout rate has declined, many school systems still struggle with a high number of students who do not finish high school. Continue reading “Two behaviors linked to high school dropout rates”
Children who routinely eat their meals together with their family are more likely to experience long-term physical and mental health benefits, a new study shows.
Concussions are a major public health problem because of their high number in adolescents and athletes who practice contact sports. Their frequency is increased in preschool children since they have a more blurred notion of danger and are therefore more likely to be injured.
Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.