Brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence to prepare teenagers for adult life

New brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at increased risk of mental illness, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Cambridge University News | Jan. 29, 2020 | cambridge
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Higher rates of post-natal depression among autistic mothers

Autistic mothers are more likely to report post-natal depression compared to non-autistic mothers, according to a new study of mothers of autistic children carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge. A better understanding of the experiences of autistic mothers during pregnancy and the post-natal period is critical to improving wellbeing. The results are published in Molecular Autism.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 15, 2020 | cambridge
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Women in STEM: Stepheni Uh

Stepheni Uh is a PhD candidate in the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her research studying the cognitive effects of growing up in poverty, the gap between science and policy, and falling asleep in an MRI machine.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 24, 2019 | cambridge
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Childhood obesity linked to structural differences in key brain regions

Obesity in children is associated with differences in brain structure in regions linked to cognitive control compared to the brains of children who are normal weight, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 24, 2019 | cambridge
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Mild-to-moderate hearing loss in children leads to changes in how brain processes sound

Deafness in early childhood is known to lead to lasting changes in how sounds are processed in the brain, but new research published today in eLife shows that even mild-to-moderate levels of hearing loss in young children can lead to similar changes.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 1, 2019 | cambridge
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Gendered play in hunter-gatherer children strongly influenced by community demographics

The gendered play of children from two hunter-gatherer societies is strongly influenced by the demographics of their communities and the gender roles modelled by the adults around them, a new study finds.

Cambridge University News | Sept. 26, 2019 | cambridge
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Unhappy mothers talk more to their baby boys, study finds

Mothers who are dissatisfied with their male partners spend more time talking to their infants – but only if the child is a boy, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Sept. 3, 2019 | cambridge
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Prenatal parental stress linked to behaviour problems in toddlers

Expectant parents’ emotional struggles predict emotional and behavioural problems in 2-year-olds, new research shows. The same study reveals, for the first time, that couple conflict helps explain emotional problems in very young children.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 6, 2019 | cambridge
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High levels of oestrogen in the womb linked to autism

Scientist have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism. The findings are published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Cambridge University News | July 29, 2019 | cambridge
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Bereaved children missing out on vital support in UK schools, study finds

Support for bereaved children in schools is patchy and inadequate, and teachers feel they lack the skills to help, according to a report from the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | June 18, 2019 | cambridge
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