Students who were highly engaged in instrumental music were, on average, over one year ahead in their math, English and science skills.
Researchers who looked at over 110,000 students found that learning an instrument in elementary school, and continuing music study into high school, significantly improves school achievement.
Stories take children on imaginary adventures.
Photo by Mazyar Hooshidar.
Reading styles vary in effectiveness. Here are six things you can do, based on research, to help your child get the most out of shared reading.
Excess screen time for children and adolescents is linked to many negative outcomes such as obesity, language delays and antisocial behaviour.
School is out and screens make tempting babysitters. Follow these recommendations to allow your child some screen time without compromising their health and development.
If everyone else sticks with salad, maybe you will too.
Everybody wants more self-control, but it's proven difficult to beef up through training. New research suggests that what your social group does might be key to enhancing your own self-control skills.
Rett syndrome affects one in 10,000 girls.
New evidence that old beliefs about people with conditions that prevent them from speaking or moving are not always right.
Two men playing Morabaraba. Board games are a part of the social fabric of many African societies.
African board games are learning spaces for players to develop cognitive and non-cognitive skills given the mechanics or rules embedded in these games.
Africa has focused on tackling undernutrition caused by low calorie diets.
Policy choices made by Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Togo over the past 15 years have led to significant reductions in child undernourishment.
Mauritian physics students hard at work during the project’s testing phase.
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The affective domain - motivation, interest and values and their inter-relationships - forms an integral component in facilitating learners’ construction of physics knowledge.
I can’t see you, you can’t see me.
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Little kids cover their own eyes and feel hidden, even if they're still fully visible. New research suggests this doesn't mean children can't understand others' perspectives, as had been assumed.
There's more to learning handwriting than just joined-up letters.
Ochre is still used throughout parts of Africa as a form of sunscreen. Its uses go back 285,000 years.
Ochre has many uses. It can be used to shed information on the evolution of the modern mind.
A cross-country move – just when middle school is about to start – can be emotionally draining for most children.
In some ways, it's spot-on. In others, not so much.
Good reasons to get outdoors.
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New research has shown that living near green spaces can improve children's cognitive development.
If you think about it, producing graduates who can think critically is good for any society.
The ability to think critically benefits individuals and societies. Why, then, is it so rare for critical thinking to be taught in schools?
What’s this doing to my brain?
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After a new study found no link between the hours a person spends gaming and their cognitive abilities, we look at the evidence.
Now, don’t distract me while I’m doing this.
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Older adults are less able to ignore distractions as they try to remember things.
How will they feel if they find their parents are monitoring their every online movement?
Teenagers need to trust their parents and learn about trusting others. Apps like Teensafe might undermine both.
From left to right. Mandarin employs a different part of the brain.
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Language is traditionally associated with the left side of the brain. But Mandarin speakers are using the right side.
Watch your head.
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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…
Getting ahead of your cohort.
As they reach the end of primary school, the UK’s children face persistent inequalities in their cognitive development. New findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), a survey of children born between…