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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Feb. 12, 2019 — Four- to six-year-old children who express suicidal thoughts and behaviors have a better understanding of what it means to die than the majority of their peers, reports a new ... read more

Why Children Struggle With the 'Cocktail Party Effect'

Feb. 11, 2019 — Researchers have clarified the development of the ability to attend to a speaker in a noisy environment -- a phenomenon known as the 'cocktail party effect.' Published in JNeurosci, the ... read more

Human Enhancement: Is It Good for Society?

Feb. 11, 2019 — Human enhancement technologies are opening up tremendous new possibilities. But they're also raising important questions about what it means to be human. These technologies are currently geared ... read more

Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping in Healthy Babies

Feb. 11, 2019 — A five-minute delay in the clamping of healthy infants' umbilical cords results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development, a new study ... read more

Positive Thinking During Pregnancy May Help Children's Ability in Math and Science

Feb. 8, 2019 — Your attitude during pregnancy could have an effect on your child's ability in math and science, according to a new ... read more

Sitting in Front of the TV Puts Kids in the Obesity Hotseat

Feb. 8, 2019 — The simple act of switching on the TV for some downtime could be making a bigger contribution to childhood obesity than we realize, according to new ... read more

Studies Lend Support to 'Grandmother Hypothesis,' but There Are Limits

Feb. 7, 2019 — Humans are unusual in that women go through menopause and stop reproducing long before reaching the end of their life expectancy. One theory holds that this aspect of human life history may be ... read more

Parenting in the Age of Legal Pot: Household Rules, Conversations Help Guide Teen Use

Feb. 7, 2019 — The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and ... read more

Sociologists Study the Impact Religion Has on Child Development

Feb. 7, 2019 — Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new study, researchers found that religion can be a mixed ... read more

Working It Out: Researchers Find Exercise May Help Fight Depression in Seniors

Feb. 7, 2019 — The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood ... read more

Mental Illness Not to Blame for Gun Violence, Study Finds

Feb. 7, 2019 — Counter to a lot of public opinion, having a mental illness does not necessarily make a person more likely to commit gun violence. According to a new study, a better indicator of gun violence was ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — Deaf children face unique communication challenges, but a new study shows that the effects of hearing impairment extend far beyond language skills to basic cognitive functions, and the differences in ... read more

Effects of Teenage Motherhood May Last Multiple Generations

Feb. 6, 2019 — The grandchildren of adolescent mothers have lower school readiness scores than their peers, according to a new ... read more

Climate Change Poses Greater Risk of Mental Health Challenges for Children Born to Depressed Mothers

Feb. 6, 2019 — Climate change poses an exponentially greater risk for mental health problems in children born to mothers with prenatal depression who also experience natural disaster-related stress. That is the ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — Researchers have discovered a clue in the humble zebrafish's digestive tract that, one day, could help people on the autism spectrum alleviate one of the most common yet least studied symptoms ... read more

Touch Biographies Reveal Transgenerational Nature of Touch

Feb. 6, 2019 — The way we feel about being touched -- and the way we touch others -- are shaped by our personal and generational affective history. Touch inequalities, too, are often transmitted through ... read more

Maternal Depression and Natural Disaster-Related Stress May Affect Infants' Temperament

Feb. 6, 2019 — A new study demonstrates that prenatal maternal depression has important consequences for infant temperament. Furthermore, the negative impact of prenatal maternal depression appeared to be magnified ... read more

'Doing Science,' Rather Than 'Being Scientists,' More Encouraging to Girls

Feb. 6, 2019 — Asking young girls to 'do science' leads them to show greater persistence in science activities than does asking them to 'be scientists,' finds a new psychology ... read more

Feb. 5, 2019 — Children who have more conflict in relationships with their mothers during early years of elementary school may find it more difficult to find a sense of purpose in life as they reach adulthood, ... read more

Fruit and Vegetables May Be Important for Mental as Well as Physical Well-Being

Feb. 5, 2019 — Researchers have analyzed data from more than 40,000 people in the UK, and found that changes in fruit and vegetable consumption are correlated with changes in mental ... read more

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