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Infant and Preschool Learning 211Ʊ
October 21, 2020

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How Long Does the Preschool Advantage Last?

Children who attend preschool enter kindergarten with greater skills than those who don't, but that advantage is nearly halved by the end of the year as their counterparts quickly begin to catch up, ...
Though researchers have long known that adults build unconscious biases over a lifetime of making choices between things that are essentially the same, a new study finding ...
Being held by a parent with skin-to-skin contact reduces how strongly a newborn baby's brain responds to a painful medical jab, a new ...

Perfectionists May Be More Prone to Helicopter Parenting

The negative effects of over-parenting on children are well documented, but less is known about why certain people become helicopter parents. A new study suggests perfectionism is one ...
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Children Notice Race Several Years Before Adults Want to Talk 211Ʊ It

Adults in the United States believe children should be almost 5 years old before talking with them about race, even though some infants are aware of race and preschoolers may have already developed ...

Helicopter Parents Should Step Back and Watch, Study Recommends

Researchers conducted the world's first data-driven study of parenting classes based on the Respectful Approach intervention. The Respectful Approach, modeled on Resources for Infant Educators ...

Big Brains and Dexterous Hands

Primates with large brains can master more complex hand movements than those with smaller brains. However, fine motor skills such as using tools can take time to learn, and humans take the longest of ...

Troubling Connection Between Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination and Health of Mothers, Babies

Perceived pregnancy discrimination indirectly relates to increased levels of postpartum depressive symptoms for mothers and lower birth weights, lower gestational ages and increased numbers of doctor ...

Pioneering Brain Haemorrhage Treatment Reduces Long-Term Disability in Premature Babies

Premature babies with serious brain haemorrhage treated with a 'brain washing' technique were twice as likely to survive without severe learning disability when compared with infants given ...

Infant Sleep Problems Can Signal Mental Disorders in Adolescents

Specific sleep problems among babies and very young children can be linked to mental disorders in adolescents, a new study has ...

School Absenteeism Has Surprising Consequences for Adults

Kids who miss a lot of school from kindergarten to eighth grade may suffer unexpected costs as young adults, a new study finds. Researchers found that those who were more regularly absent in these ...

Playtime With Dad May Improve Children's Self-Control

Children whose fathers make time to play with them from a very young age may find it easier to control their behavior and emotions as they grow up, research ...

Role-Play Shows Which Expectant Dads Will Thrive as New Fathers

A five-minute role-play done with men before the birth of their first child predicted the quality of their parenting after the baby arrived, a new study ...

Intelligence Is Impacted If Born Small for Gestational Age

People born small for gestational age (SGA) have a lower IQ throughout development, however the differences in IQ to those born appropriate for gestational age (AGA) reduce by adulthood. The effects ...

Some Infants Can Identify Differences in Musical Tones at Six Months

Neuroscientists suggest the capacity to hear the highs and lows, also known as the major and minor notes in music, may come before you take a single lesson; you may actually be born with it. The ...

Babies Know When You Imitate Them -- And Like It

Six-month old infants recognize when adults imitate them, and perceive imitators as more friendly, according to a new study. The babies looked and smiled longer at an adult who imitated them, as ...

Presence of Spouse Alters How Parents' Brains React to Children Stimuli

A study has revealed how the physical presence of spouses who are co-parenting can alter each other's brain ...

Sleep Difficulties Linked to Altered Brain Development in Infants Who Later Develop Autism

New research finds that sleep problems in a baby's first 12 months may not only precede an autism diagnosis, but also may be associated with altered growth trajectory in a key part of the brain, ...

'Terrible Twos' Not Inevitable: With Engaged Parenting, Happy Babies Can Become Happy Toddlers

Parents should not feel pressured to make their young children undertake structured learning or achieve specific tasks, particularly during lockdown. A new study of children under the age of two has ...

Time on Screens Has Little Impact on Kids' Social Skills, Study Suggests

Despite the time spent with smartphones and social media, young people today are just as socially skilled as those from the previous generation, a new study ...

Young Children Find a Parent's Hug More Calming Than a Stranger's

For infants as young as four months, a hug from a parent makes all the difference. A study examined heart rate responses in infants less than one year old during a hug and found that children as ...

Babies Retain Even Detailed Events During a Nap

While sleeping the brain goes through previously experienced things, consolidates new memory contents and summarizes similar experiences into more general knowledge. This also applies to babies. ...

Spina Bifida Surgery Before Birth Restores Brain Structure

Surgery performed on a fetus in the womb to repair defects from spina bifida triggers the body's ability to restore normal brain structure, new research has ...

Mother/infant Skin-to-Skin Touch Boosts Baby's Brain Development and Function

New research shows that extended use of Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, can positively benefit full-term infants and their mothers, with important ...

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