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Southpaws seem to be more common among cats and dogs than humans. Eric Isselee/Shutterstock.com

I’ve always wondered: can animals be left- and right-pawed?

The animal kingdom is full of lefties and righties, although rarely is the ratio skewed as much as it is in humans. If you're wondering about your own pet, you can find out with a simple experiment.
The fatty acid DHA is crucial for fetal brain development in the last trimester of pregnancy. from www.shutterstock.com

You can’t rely on fish oil supplements in pregnancy to make your children smarter

Fish oil capsules are marketed as prenatal supplements to improve brain development in children. But now top quality evidence suggests they won't make any difference in women eating a balanced diet.
How does music training in early childhood help the developing brain? woodleywonderworks

Music training speeds up brain development in children

Several brain regions engage in an amazing symphony to produce music. What then are the benefits of music training on a child?
Children living closest to the mines had the lowest literacy and numeracy scores. Katherine Clark/Flickr

Australian children exposed to toxic mining metals do worse at school

Children in mining and smelting towns who are exposed high levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium are more than twice as likely to have developmental disorders than the national average.
Children love interactive devices and can’t recall a time without them, so it may be best to manage rather than ban them. Lars Plougmann/Flickr

Growing up in the age of apps doesn’t have to be all bad

Despite occasional panic about the negative impact they may be having on children's social and intellectual development, interactive devices give parents a much-needed break and can benefit kids.
Watch your head. Soccer players via Wallenrock/Shutterstock.

What every parent should know about concussions

This fall, the deaths of three high school football players were linked to direct head injuries on the field of play and one collegiate football player’s death has been potentially attributed to unresolved…
High intake of take-away foods, red and processed meat, soft drinks, and fried and refined food is a risk factor for poor academic performance. Jay Peg/Flickr

Brain food: diet’s impacts on students are too big to ignore

As their children submit themselves to the ordeal of all-important end-of-year exams, parents of high school and university students may be wondering what they can do to help. One thing they ought to consider…
Want more working memory? Then you need to expand your brain. Flickr/Elena Gatti

Brain size matters when it comes to remembering

Before we had mobile phones, people had to use their own memory to store long phone numbers (or write them down). But getting those numbers into long-term memory could be a real pain. People had to write…
A quick game on the way to school won’t help ace the maths test. Boy on tablet by Twin Design/Shutterstock

Brain training games won’t help children do better at school

There has been a big increase recently in the number of computerised “brain training” programs marketed at young children. These programs make impressive claims – that they can help children learn better…
Some chemicals are still used in industrial products or are found in the environment. Solovyova Lyudmyla/Flickr

Toxic chemicals and pollutants affect kids’ brain development

The news that toxic chemicals may be triggering a rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in the United States has rightly prompted concern among parents. But what…

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