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Researchers Reveal Climbing a Tree Can Improve Cognitive Skills

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Climbing a tree and balancing on a beam can dramatically improve cognitive skills, according to a study recently conducted by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Florida.

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Selective Imitation Shows Children are Flexible Social Learners, Study Finds

Psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found that children flexibly choose when to imitate and when to innovate the behavior of others, demonstrating that children are precocious social learners.

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Mum’s the Word: Maternal Language Has Strong Effect on Children’s Social Skills

Psychologists at the University of York have revealed new evidence showing how specific language used by parents to talk to their babies can help their child to understand the thoughts of others when they get older.

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Study May Show a Way to Predict Whether Children with a Genetic Disorder Will Develop Autism or Psychosis

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Findings are the first to shed light on the genetic differences between DiGeorge syndrome patients with autism and those with psychosis.

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Research Links Premature Birth to Withdrawn Personality

New research indicates that adults born very premature are more likely to be socially withdrawn and display signs of autism.

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Poverty’s Most Insidious Damage Is to a Child’s Brain

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A new study, published July 20 in JAMA Pediatrics, provides even more compelling evidence that growing up in poverty has detrimental effects on the brain. In an accompanying editorial, child psychiatrist Joan L. Luby, MD, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, writes that “early childhood interventions to support a nurturing environment for these children must now become our top public health priority for the good of all.”

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Learning Impacts How the Brain Processes What We See

From the smell of flowers to the taste of wine, our perception is strongly influenced by prior knowledge and expectations, a cognitive process known as top-down control. In a University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study, a research team led by Takaki Komiyama, PhD, assistant professor of neurosciences and neurobiology, reports that in mouse models, the brain significantly changed its visual cortex operation modes by implementing top-down processes during learning.

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Georgetown Neuroscientist Receives $2.9m to Study Math, Language & Brain Function Relationship

Can reading interventions positively impact reading skills and math skills? If so, can the improvement be observed inside the brains of children with combined reading and math disabilities?