Maybe it’s not the smartphone: study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes

It’s an often repeated claim, but it seems hard to proof: our smartphones seem not to be the reason some of our children feel worse. From the press release: A new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and online is not that bad.… Read More Maybe it’s not the smartphone: study of 400 teens finds little evidence linking excessive smartphone use and mental health outcomes

What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

This is the kind of study that can give people some itchy feelings. We’ve known that early behavior can predict later success, remember the famous Marshmallow experiment, but those studies often had limitations. Was it caused by innate intelligence? Was it caused by the family background? This new study claims to have bypassed these limitations… Read More What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

How language-savvy parents improve their children’s reading development (study)

We now that reading books to your children has a big influence, but now researchers have found that adults with higher reading-related knowledge are likelier to provide positive feedback when children read, which helps the learning process. I do like the format of added information to this paper: What is already known about this topic… Read More How language-savvy parents improve their children’s reading development (study)

Again: possible effects of early-life challenges

Some of these insights are maybe not new but worth repeating: experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, can affect executive function and lead to changes in a child’s brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones. From the press release: Adversity early in life tends to affect a child’s… Read More Again: possible effects of early-life challenges

No shit, Sherlock: Children who walk or cycle to school less likely to be overweight or obese

This may seem a bit ‘no shit, Sherlock’ and probably it is, but in times when parents often bring their kids to school by car, it’s worth repeating. Do note the study shows a correlation, not a causal relation. From the press release: Children who regularly walk or cycle to school are less likely to… Read More No shit, Sherlock: Children who walk or cycle to school less likely to be overweight or obese

A link between hearing large amounts of adult speech as toddler and better cognitive skills.

This is a kind of follow up on the infamous 30 million word gap, and a sad one to be frank, as this has identified a link between kids who hear high quantities of adult speech and better nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness.. With a novel way to make sure the… Read More A link between hearing large amounts of adult speech as toddler and better cognitive skills.