How an Infant’s Brain Decodes Social Behavior

Infants’ brains can understand what they are observing and thus can copy other people’s action, finds a study providing evidence that directly links neural responses from the motor system to overt social behavior in infants. Babies understand what they are observing. There is a direct connection between observing others, understanding what others are doing, and […]

Bilingual Households Shape Brain Development in Babies

Many brain studies show that bilingual adults have more activity in areas associated with executive function, a set of mental abilities that includes problem-solving, shifting attention and other desirable cognitive traits. Now new findings reveal that this bilingualism-related difference in brain activity is evident as early as 11 months of age, just as babies are […]

Premature Babies More Likely to Have Emotional Problems as Adults

Infants born at very low weight or more than five weeks early are more likely to become introverted. According to a new study, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, children who were born very prematurely or were very underweight at birth are at risk of growing up to become introverted, neurotic and […]

Study Says Massage Benefits Kids with Autism

According to a newly published report, A massage treatment developed for children who have autism can lessen its severity by a third in the first five months after diagnosis, making the treatment an effective early intervention. Dr. Louisa Silva, founder of the Oregon-based Qigong Sensory Training Institute and a visiting professor at Western Oregon University […]

Shy Babies Need Secure Parent Bond to Help Prevent Teen Anxiety

According to a new study co-authored at the University of Waterloo, shy babies need to have a strong bond with their parents to avoid developing anxiety disorders in their teens. Young children who react with behavioral inhibition or shyness to new situations have an increased risk of internalizing problems as they grow older. “But with […]

Babies Can Follow Complex Social Situations

According to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, infants can make sense of complex social situations, taking into account who knows what about whom. Psychological scientists and study authors You-jung Choi and Yuyan Luo of the University of Missouri say, “Our findings show that 13-month-olds can make sense […]