Early interventions for parents of kids with ASD reduces symptoms...

Feb 25, 2017 by

A long-term study has found that early intervention centering on helping parents communicate with their child reduces the severity of symptoms related to autism....

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For seniors, weightlifting improves cognitive function

Feb 23, 2017 by

According to a new study from the University of Sydney, gradually increasing muscle strength improve cognitive function for those between 55 and 68....

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Prenatal stress alters gut bacteria to cause cognitive problems in offspring...

Feb 21, 2017 by

There’s new evidence that prenatal stress can harm the baby well into adulthood due to the maternal gut bacteria....

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Study: Development of Executive Functions

Feb 14, 2017 by

Abstract Executive functions refer to top–down processes utilized in goal-directed behavior. Executive functions and academic achievement relate robustly, from early childhood through adolescence. Executive functions and their neural networks appear to be malleable, and environments can support their development. Varied approaches, including educational curricula, structured physical exercise, and computer-based training, can improve executive functions. The intervention work suggests that children who are most “at-risk” demonstrate the largest gains, but evidence of far transfer to academic achievement or other behavioral outcomes that are important to schools is at this point only promising. The review highlights developmental considerations for measurement and intervention, and discusses implications for schools in supporting children’s development of executive functions. Policy implications of the scientific findings suggest strategies for providing environments that foster the development of executive functions. Development of Executive Function_mentions...

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Nutrition protects against stress on the brain in early life

Feb 11, 2017 by

Supplementing a mother’s nutrition during early pregnancy can protect the baby’s brain from early-life stress later....

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High-fat foods alter kids’ executive functions

Feb 9, 2017 by

After just four weeks after feeding mice high-fat foods, researchers found that the mice developed cognitive defects....

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Autistic toddlers don’t avoid eye contact but do miss its significance...

Feb 5, 2017 by

A study of toddlers with autism has found that they don’t actively avoid eye contact, but rather look less at the eyes of others. It could be because they find it negative and stressful, or it could be because they don’t perceive social cues from the eyes as being important....

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