Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report

Children with reading difficulties should be more thoroughly screened for hearing problems, a new report by Coventry University academics has said. Continue reading “Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report”

Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness

Children participating in a 12-week, before-school physical activity program experienced improvement in body weight and social/emotional wellness, compared with their classmates who did not participate.  Continue reading “Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness”

Mirror neuron activity predicts people’s decision-making in moral dilemmas

Mirror neurons play a vital role in how people learn through mimicry and feel empathy for others. Researchers found that the brain’s inferior frontal cortex is more active in people who are more averse to harming others when facing moral dilemmas. Continue reading “Mirror neuron activity predicts people’s decision-making in moral dilemmas”

A ‘touching sight’: How babies’ brains process touch builds foundations for learning

Touch is the first of the five senses to develop, yet scientists know far less about the baby’s brain response to touch than to, say, the sight of mom’s face, or the sound of her voice.

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Study Reads Between the Lines in Children’s Vocabulary Differences

The nation’s 31 million children growing up in homes with low socioeconomic status have, on average, significantly smaller vocabularies compared with their peers. Continue reading “Study Reads Between the Lines in Children’s Vocabulary Differences”

‘Mind’s eye blink’ proves ‘paying attention’ is not just a figure of speech

When your attention shifts from one place to another, your brain blinks. The blinks are momentary unconscious gaps in visual perception and came as a surprise to the team of Vanderbilt psychologists who discovered the phenomenon while studying the benefits of attention.

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Car, stroller, juice: Babies understand when words are related

The meaning behind infants’ screeches, squeals and wails may frustrate and confound sleep-deprived new parents. But at an age when babies cannot yet speak to us in words, they are already avid students of language.

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Spacing out after staying up late? Here’s why

Ever sleep poorly and then walk out of the house without your keys? Or space out while driving to work and nearly hit a stalled car? A new study led by UCLA’s Dr. Itzhak Fried is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other.

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