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Language Acquisition

Young children learn new words more easily when they are presented in more predictable ways, suggests a study in Current Biology. Researchers tested more than 100 2-year-olds. First, they showed the toddlers a video screen with four closed boxes. Then,...

Plastic Chemicals

Rats exposed in utero to phthalates–chemicals common in plastics–later showed differences in brain structure and some cognitive deficits compared to rats without the chemical exposure, finds research in JNeurosci. Researchers exposed pregnant rats to an amount of phthalates proportionally...

Autism Assessment

Standard autism assessments may not accurately measure the severity of the disorder in girls, suggests a study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Researchers studied 228 boys and girls, matched for IQ and age, who had similar diagnoses of autism. They found...

Raising Thankful Kids

Fostering gratitude can encourage adolescents to become less materialistic and more generous, suggests a study in The Journal of Positive Psychology. Researchers asked 61 adolescents to keep a daily journal for two weeks–half were assigned to write about who and what they were...

Parents in Prison

When parents spend time in prison, their children’s health and health behaviors are affected for decades, suggests research in Pediatrics. researchers examined data on about 13,000 young adults (ages 24 to 32) from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent...