Synced brains: how to bond with your kids – according to neuroscience

The brain activity of a parent and child can become synchronised during play and problem solving.

Pascal Vrticka, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Essex • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Some kindergartners are more likely to be heavy users of online tech later, according to new research

Too much screen time doesn't leave enough time for other important parts of growing up. Predicting which little kids will likely grow into heavy tech users could help target educational campaigns.

Paul L. Morgan, Eberly Fellow, Professor Education and Demography, and Director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research, Penn State • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~7 min

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Some kindergartners are more likely later to be heavy users of online tech, according to new research

Too much screen time doesn't leave enough time for other important parts of growing up. Predicting which little kids will likely grow into heavy tech users could help target educational campaigns.

Paul L. Morgan, Eberly Fellow, Professor Education and Demography, and Director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research, Penn State • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~7 min

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Children use make-believe aggression and violence to manage bad-tempered peers

Children are more likely to introduce violent themes into their pretend play, such as imaginary fighting or killing, if they are with playmates whom peers

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Routine: less is often more when it comes to children's development

Rigid rules could stifle creativity in children.

Debbie Pope, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Families can support kids' mental health whether they're learning remotely or at school – here's how

Good mental health is the ability to adapt to changes and stress. Whatever school looks like, parents can help keep kids' social-emotional development on track in these four areas.

Erika Bocknek, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Wayne State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~9 min

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Children reveal what they really think of adults – in their own research paper

Children think adults should be more transparent about not knowing everything,

Sarah Barton, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Socio-economic status predicts UK boys’ development of essential thinking skills

A comparison of children in Hong Kong, mainland China and the UK has found that British boys’ development of key thinking skills, known as ‘executive

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 21, 2020 ~7 min

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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 behaviour and emotions as they grow up, research

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 30, 2020 ~5 min

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Mobile technology may support kids learning to recognize emotions in photos of faces

Understanding others' emotions is a crucial social skill. Counter to concerns about screen time stunting kids' development, one study suggests they're getting better at recognizing emotion on screen.

Yalda T. Uhls, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Scholars & Storytellers and Assistant Adjunct Professor in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~6 min

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