Cognitive Development

Children’s math and reading skills are linked to genetics

Why do children differ in their ability to read, to use language, or to understand mathematics? Decades of research makes is clear that genetics play a surprisingly large part in both learning abilities and learning disabilities. What throws a quirk in an otherwise fixed set of abilities is the environment. More

Internationally adopted children shed light on how babies learn language

Each year, about 40,000 children are adopted across national lines, primarily by families from North America and Western Europe. These joyful occasions mark the growth of new families and also provide the framework for a natural experiment in language development.  Although most are infants and toddlers, thousands of older children More

Observer Forum

How ‘Unequivocal’ is the Evidence Regarding Television Violence and Children’s Aggression? In their review of the influence of media violence on youth, “The Influence of Media Violence on Youth,” published in Volume 4 of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Anderson et al. concluded that there is “unequivocal evidence” that More

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Becoming Symbol-Minded

“Our symbolic ability is our defining characteristic of what it means to be a human being,” according to APS Fellow Judy DeLoache. “It’s what gives us our incredible cognitive power,” and is one of the core intelligence factors that separate people from animals. But it doesn’t come naturally. Learning to More