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Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘Scans chart how quickly babies’ brains grow’

BBC News – Smitha Mundasad

“Human brains grow most rapidly just after birth and reach half their adult size within three months, according to a study in JAMA Neurology.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Music education helps kids improve language, reading

Press TV – Staff Writer

“A new research has demonstrated that learning to play a musical instrument or singing can lead to improved reading and foreign language skills. US researchers suggested that neural connections made during musical training can promote the brain for other aspects of human communication.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brains At Play

GPB News – John Poole

“Panksepp and others think the lack of play is a serious problem. Especially at younger ages. And particularly in school settings. Without play, we know that other species become quick to aggression and have trouble “fitting in.”” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“”The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says…But to produce this sort of brain development, children need to engage in plenty of so-called free play, Pellis says.” (more)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

5 things NOT to say to your kids (and why)

The Mercury News – Jessica Yadegaran

“So we enlisted three specialists — a psychologist, a pediatrician and a magazine editor — to help us rephrase and redirect our intentions. Here are five common phrases and their more appropriate — and effective — alternatives.” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Knowing languages: the more the merrier

Gulf News – David Shariatmadari

“Learning another language is wonderful…if you have the opportunity to learn — or, better still, pass on — a language, then grab it with both hands.” (more)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Autism Remains a Mystery, but Help May Be on the Horizon

The American Association for the Advancement of Science – Earl Lane

“Researchers have not been able to pinpoint the causes of autism, although both genetics and environment likely play a role. The search for a single gene that causes autism has turned up instead dozens of genes associated with the disorder…” (more)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Investing in early learning

The Buffalo News – Tiffany Lankes

“The parts of the brain that affect how children learn are already developed well before they enter kindergarten.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students

The Atlantic – Jessica Lahey

“Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a child’s executive function—a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.” (more)

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought


“Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself…new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the “fourth-grade shift” isn’t so clear-cut.” (more)