Children and Teens News

Short, Fun Exercise Sessions Improve Class Behavior

November 3rd, 2014
A new Canadian study shows that brief bouts of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students. Researchers found that a brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a “FUNterval,” for second grade and fourth grade students reduced off-task behaviors like ...

Changes in Speech Patterns Could Be Used to Monitor Mental Health

November 2nd, 2014
New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health. It’s based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen. Researchers envision the day when those ...

Conforming Is Uniquely Human, Begins Early

November 1st, 2014
Conforming just to fit in is a trait unique to humans and often begins in early childhood, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Science. In fact, it is nonexistent in apes. "Conformity is a very basic feature of human sociality. It ...

Brain’s White Matter Arrayed Differently in Dyslexic Kids

November 1st, 2014
White matter in the brains of children with dyslexia may be structured differently compared to typically developing readers, according to new research at Vanderbilt University. For the study, published in the journals Brain Connectivity and Brain Research, researchers used neuroimaging to examine structural ...

Are Your Sexual Fantasies Normal?

November 1st, 2014
Having sex with two women is a common fantasy, but fantasizing about "golden showers" or sex with a prostitute is not, according to a new study. Researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal, affiliated with ...

Parenting Style Probably Does Not Raise IQ in Children

October 31st, 2014
The ability to improve intelligence by environmental manipulation remains a subject of considerable debate. New research explores if a parents interactions with their child can help boost the child’s intelligence. For example, does reading bedtime stories, engaging in ...

Group Classes for Parents Teach Home Therapy for Autistic Kids

October 30th, 2014
Use of a group setting to train parents on autistic therapy appears to be a beneficial method to improve language skills in their autistic children. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford found that parents can ...

Pets Help Military Kids Build Resiliency

October 30th, 2014
Researchers believe strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits. Defined as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change, resiliency is acquired with practice, over time. But military children must adapt to ...

‘Social Host’ Laws Shown to Work in California

October 29th, 2014
In a new study, researchers found "social host" laws that hold adults responsible for underage drinking on their property have reduced the number of teenage weekend drinking parties. Over the years, a variety of such laws have been enacted in many U.S. states and ...

Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

October 28th, 2014
Finding a setting that allows autistic kids to socialize with more normally developing peers is often a Catch-22 for parents. For while autistic youth need significant practice to develop social skills, deficits in this skill set often make play, and associating with similar age ...