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All posts by Henk du Plessis

15

Jan'17

Musical Training Creates New Brain Connections in Children

Taking music lessons increases brain fibre connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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15

Jan'17

Internet Use In Class Tied to Lower Test Scores

Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students... Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes.

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15

Jan'17

Parents’ Presence When TV Viewing with Child Affects Learning Ability

Parenting today, for many, has become nothing more than sitting a child in front of a television or handing them a device that plays their favourite video. But it's much more than that. Studies show that kids become more interested in activities when their parents are involved.

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15

Jan'17

Babies Exposed to Stimulation Get Brain Boost

Many new parents still think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn't be challenged to do things that they're not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under their own power, without any "helpful" nudges, and they shouldn't support their weight before they can stand or walk on their own. They mustn't be potty trained before they are ready for it.

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15

Jan'17

Study Raises Hope that Autism Behaviours May be Reversible

About 1 percent of people with autism are missing a gene called Shank3, which is critical for brain development. Without this gene, individuals develop typical autism symptoms including repetitive behaviour and avoidance of social interactions. In a study of mice, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reverse some of those behavioural symptoms by turning the gene back on later in life...

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10

Jan'17

Brain Impairments in Premature Infants May Begin in the Womb

Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its kind research study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Wayne State University.

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03

Jan'17

Directional Confusion May Be a Sign of Dyslexia

Directional confusion is a common symptom of dyslexia, and may take a number of forms, from being uncertain of which is left and right to being unable to read a map accurately, says Dr. Beve Hornsby in her book 'Overcoming Dyslexia'. Directional confusion affects other concepts such as up and down, top and bottom, compass directions...

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02

Jan'17

Drink Coffee to Beat Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating, not only to those who suffer from it but also to their family members and to society as a whole. Over the past few years, research being conducted around the world has seemed to suggest that caffeine might help offset one of Alzheimer’s most devastating symptoms — memory loss.

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02

Jan'17

Counting Activities for Preschoolers and School Beginners

Of all the maths skills that children will acquire, counting and basic adding and subtracting are what most children will already be doing before they reach school-age.

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31

Dec'16

Free Printable Colouring Pages for Young Kids

There’s a simple activity that helps children to develop cognitively and creatively: colouring. The following are some of the key benefits of colouring pages in kids’ development...

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