Babies start their musical development in the womb.
There a number of ways you can use music to shape your child's brain for success, from 16 weeks gestation right up until they start school.
Southpaws seem to be more common among cats and dogs than humans.
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.
Disadvantaged neighbourhoods can be a source of stress for young people.
New research has found growing up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood can have negative effects on children's brain development.
New research underscores the importance of positive touch in infancy.
The fatty acid DHA is crucial for fetal brain development in the last trimester of pregnancy.
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.
Kangaroo mother care: the marsupials have got it right.
Kangaroo mother care: the long-term benefits of closeness in the early days of life.
Think hard before taking it to the next level.
Brain stimulating headsets are being enthusiastically taken up by gamers aiming to boost performance. But there are risks, particularly for children or those vulnerable to mental health problems.
How does music training in early childhood help the developing brain?
Several brain regions engage in an amazing symphony to produce music. What then are the benefits of music training on a child?
Lead exposure is more common than you think.
Children exposed to lead are at elevated risk for learning delays and academic issues.
Children living closest to the mines had the lowest literacy and numeracy scores.
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.
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.
Do you ever confuse right from left?
Some of us are better than others at distinguishing between right and left – but what happens when it's your surgeon with the problem?
Watch your head.
Soccer players via Wallenrock/Shutterstock.
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.
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.
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.
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A gene linked to intellectual disability, known as USP9X, is crucial to the early stages of human brain development a new…
Some chemicals are still used in industrial products or are found in the environment.
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…
Babies who are breastfed show signs of early development in areas of the brain associated with language, emotion and cognition…
Neuroscientists found the “off switch” for nerve cell formation, advancing the possibility of brain cell regeneration. The…