Child Development: The Brain Game

Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. By Paul Tough. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Random House. AFTER the collapse of the Soviet Union, the number of infants in Russian orphanages swelled. They had food, and they were clean and safe. But the staff were impersonal and cold, until researchers coached them in new ways: smiling at the […]

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Johnson: Bringing up baby bilingual

Strategies for getting youngsters fluent in more than one language The Economist, Oct 29th 2013 | by R.L.G. | BERLIN THIS weekend Johnson enjoyed an American holiday in Berlin: the children’s Halloween party held by neighbors, a half-German, half-American couple. Besides mermaid tails, ladybug antennas or monster horns, nearly every one of the nippers at the […]

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Nature v Nurture Gender Fluidity: The controversial biology of sexual selection

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science and Society. By Cordelia Fine. BOYS like sticks and girls prefer dolls, or so the tidy evolutionary story goes. Because stone-age men hunted game and competed for mates, boys want to play rough, take risks and assert dominance. Because women mainly cared for babies, girls still hope to nurture. Given […]

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Nature plus Nurture

Nature plus nurture Girls do better than boys in school and university. But both can still improve—sometimes for surprising reasons STENDHAL once wrote that all geniuses who were born women were lost to the public good. At least in the rich world, that wasteful truth has been triumphantly overcome. More than half of new graduates […]

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Scanning reveals what pregnancy does to a mother’s brain

The Economist Neuroscience Scanning reveals what pregnancy does to a mother’s brain New mothers experience reductions in the volume of grey matter in their brains AS ANY parent will tell you, once you have had children nothing is ever quite the same. Including, it seems, their mothers’ brains. In a paper just published in Nature Neuroscience, […]

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The Fight Against Sugar

Why is there such an epidemic of obesity in the Western world and especially in the United States? Read the labels on the food you buy and eat, you will be surprised how much some form of sugar is included i.e. cane sugar, corn syrup, maltose, dextrose etc. This article appeared under the headline “Bittersweet” […]

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Dealing with Autism

Please see the following article as the highlight of the month… First, treat the parents Turning mothers and fathers into therapists helps autistic children, The Economist, Oct 29th 2016 AUTISM may bring a lifetime of disability and difficulty to the most severely afflicted. As children, they often struggle to communicate, are anxious in situations unproblematic […]

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Research & Publishing

I’m often asked why I’m my research is not published. Below is an article from The Economist, London that expresses one aspect of the choice to not publish.  Enjoy! Research publishing Taking the online medicine Old-fashioned ways of reporting new discoveries are holding back medical research. Some scientists are pushing for change. Mar 19th 2016 | From […]

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Multilingualism – Do You See What I See?

Having grown up in a country where learning a second language is mandatory as well as living in several places where English is not the national language, I have often heard it discussed that Multilingualism has its advantages. However, what is the current view on speaking multiple languages? According to a study by Samantha Fan […]

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Keep Calm and Summer On: Tips to Skip the Summer Slide

Seven Ways to Skip the Summer Slide Blues Face it. Your kids work hard all year long – studying, reading logs, multiplication tables, research projects, extracurricular activities, and more. By the time the weather turns warm, students are ready to head out the door singing “School’s Out for Summer” at the top of their lungs. […]

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