From infancy through adolescence, children’s brains go through tremendous change, both physically and cognitively. How can we improve children’s learning potential as they grow?

Take Two: Lessons Learned from Twins Research

Few scenarios have seemed more promising for the unraveling of human mystery than the research pot of gold that many believe identical twins to be. Unlike the rest of the actual, messy human world, monozygotic twins represent an almost perfect...
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Afraid to Leave Mom: Separation Anxiety in Children

Many children eagerly enter their first classroom excited and a little nervous. It is perfectly natural, after all, to feel jittery when confronting something so new as school. But some children come bearing more than a normal amount of trepidation;...
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Brain Development Study May Provide Some Help for Educators

It is well known that, compared to adults, children tend to have a much easier time learning new languages and acquiring new skills, such as playing an instrument. A recent study of brain development in children suggests that there may...
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Alcohol on the Mind: The Effects of Drinking on the Adolescent Brain

Scientists have noted over the years a litany of consequences associated with underage drinking. According to Dr. Enoch Gordis, director of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the list includes: "interference with learning, social, and other competencies, fatal...
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Child and Brain: The Stages of Development

The Apparent Race You're a proud new parent and you've spent innumerable hours—months, probably, if not years—poring over parenting books. You're practically an expert on the subject now, even though your child is only a month old. You wanted to...
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