The longterm effects of growing up in a negative environment

In our book, we discuss the complex interaction between nature and nurture. One of the things we explain is that a negative environment has a bigger effect, while a positive environment has a bigger influence on nature. This new Finnish study is another example of this, as the study shows that cumulative adverse psychosocial factors… Read More The longterm effects of growing up in a negative environment

Interesting: Mating patterns could actually help explain many supposedly biological relationships between traits

This study is maybe less practical, but this doesn’t make it less interesting, as it states that genetic correlation estimates typically assume that mating is random. But is that really the case? In the real world, partners tend to pair up because of many shared interests and social structures. From the press release: Through the… Read More Interesting: Mating patterns could actually help explain many supposedly biological relationships between traits

The power of music: singing to infants synchronizes caregiver-infant social engagement

Singing for infants is something that is truly universal. This new study shows that engaging infants with a song provides a ready-made means for supporting social development and interaction: Singing to infants is observed in all human cultures. Beyond known roles in infant soothing and social bonding, this study shows that singing to infants elicits… Read More The power of music: singing to infants synchronizes caregiver-infant social engagement

There seems to be a link between how you struggle with reading and socio-economic background

This is the kind of study that at first makes you raise your eyebrows: neuroscientists found that brain signatures of reading difficulties in students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are, on average, different from those of students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds who struggle with reading. On the other hand, we’ve known that poverty can shape the… Read More There seems to be a link between how you struggle with reading and socio-economic background

Can you ‘see’ socioeconomic factors in the tweens brain?

Everything we do changes the brain one way or the other, and we’ve seen again and again how poverty can have a huge effect on early brain development. But what about later in the development? A new tween brain connection study shows that socioeconomic factors, including at-home enrichment, are associated with widespread differences in children’s… Read More Can you ‘see’ socioeconomic factors in the tweens brain?

“Word and face recognition can be adequately supported with half a brain”

This is the kind of study that leaves you a bit baffled: Can one brain hemisphere perform the functions of the typical two hemispheres? Typically, in adults, there are right and left hemispheric biases for face and word recognition, respectively, a division of labor that emerges over development. Here, face and word recognition were examined… Read More “Word and face recognition can be adequately supported with half a brain”

New meta-analysis has strong critiques on studies on mindset interventions (Jeroen Janssen)

A guest post by Jeroen Janssen from Universiteit Utrecht: According to mindset theory, pupils who have a growth mindset perform better than those with a fixed mindset. Students with a growth mindset believe that their qualities and abilities are not fixed but can improve through practice and effort, for example. This theory has led to… Read More New meta-analysis has strong critiques on studies on mindset interventions (Jeroen Janssen)