Children Prefer the Real Thing to Pretending
Pretend-play is a favorite pastime for American children. They mentally transform the here and now, preparing pretend meals in toy kitchens, frolicking around on fake horses, and feeding baby dolls with plastic bottles. By age
We Asked a Child Psychologist to Review the 17 ‘Toy of the Year’ Winners
A couple of weeks ago the Toy Association presented the winners of the Toy of the Year Awards, the Oscars of the toy industry, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. And this year the audience of industry
NIH Releases Adolescent Brain Development Data to Scientists
NIH has released an enormous dataset of high-quality baseline data on a large sample of 9-and-10-year-old children, including basic participant demographics, assessments of physical and mental health, substance use, culture and environment, neurocognition, tabulated structural and functional neuroimaging data, and minimally processed brain images, as well as biological data such as pubertal hormones.
Children with Restored Sight Show Impairments in Mental Mirroring
The authors of a new paper conclude that “visual experience is essential for the development of proper mirror system function.”
Unpacking the Link Between Teen Victimization and Mental Illness
A longitudinal twin study suggests that victimization makes general and far-reaching contributions to mental disorders.
Is Your Child Lying to You? That’s Good
Should parents be troubled when their kids start to deceive them? Odds are, most of us would say yes. We believe honesty is a moral imperative, and we try to instill this belief in our