Newborn babies seem to have a rudimentary sense of numbers, preferring smaller numbers on the left and larger ones on the right. The finding suggests that this left-to-right mental number line might be innate for humans. We visualize most of our thoughts in space. “Anything you want to remember that has a sense of order […]

The Cycle of Abuse Can be Broken with Confidence in Parenting

According to a new study, published online in the journal Child Maltreatment, mothers who experienced more kinds of abuse as children — sexual abuse, physical or emotional abuse, and physical or emotional neglect — have higher levels of self-criticism, and therefore greater doubt in their ability to be effective parents. These beliefs can manifest in […]

Two Studies Identify Routes to Better Outcomes for Infants Born Prematurely

Two new longitudinal studies that appear in the journal Child Development offer insights on how to decrease the problems associated with premature birth. In the first study, researchers in Israel found that early positive caregiving can reduce risks associated with preterm birth. In the second study, researchers in Norway identified an intervention associated with better […]

Stressed Mothers May Have ‘Moody’ Babies

If women are overly stressed or anxious during pregnancy, their babies stand a higher risk of developing emotional issues such as depression, or cognitive problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Singapore scientists who studied 189 infants and their mothers found that the sadder or more anxious the women were during pregnancy, the thinner […]

Depression Link for Moms Whose Babies Wake During Night

According to research that found one in four mothers reported their baby’s sleep to be causing problems for them, mothers of infants who wake during the night are more likely to suffer from depression, stress, and poor physical health. The investigation was carried out by researchers at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Mothers reported on […]