Changing brain anatomy may make seniors shun risk

Changing brain anatomy may make seniors shun risk

Older adults are less inclined to take risks, but this behavior may be linked to changes in brain anatomy rather than age, new research shows. “Older adults need to make many important financial and medical decisions, often under high levels of uncertainty,” says lead author Ifat Levy, an associate professor of...

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Should couples learn to check each other’s moles?

Should couples learn to check each other’s moles?

The benefits of having a partner check your skin for dangerous moles outweigh the potential embarrassment, say researchers. Common places to develop potentially fatal melanoma include hard-to-see areas where it is difficult to apply sunscreen such as behind the ears and knees, the top of the head, and around the...

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Brains of ‘supernormal’ seniors seem to resist damage

Brains of ‘supernormal’ seniors seem to resist damage

Scientists are studying a small group of older adults with excellent memories called “supernormals” to determine their risk for Alzheimer’s. They compared them to older adults at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, and a healthy control group. They specifically measured functional connectivity—the connection among spatially separated structures of the...

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Preschool math should go beyond numbers

Preschool math should go beyond numbers

New research finds that children’s math knowledge in preschool is related to their later achievement—and that early curricula could use some edits. “Counting, calculating, and understanding written numbers already get a lot of attention from teachers and parents, for good reasons,” says Bethany Rittle-Johnson, professor of psychology and human development...

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To predict baby’s first words, look at what they see

To predict baby’s first words, look at what they see

A baby’s most likely first words are based upon their visual experience, report researchers. Drawing on theories of statistical learning, researchers found that the number of times an object enters an infant’s field of vision “tips the scales” in favor of associating certain words with certain objects. “We think that...

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Can social skills training help kids react to bullying?

Can social skills training help kids react to bullying?

Kids and teens with disabilities are victimized by bullying at a much higher rate over time than kids without disabilities, a new study finds. Researchers say it’s possible children with disabilities aren’t developing the social skills they need to combat bullying as they grow up. “This study points out the necessity for special education programs...

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80s kids have 50/50 odds of out-earning parents

80s kids have 50/50 odds of out-earning parents

Young people entering the workforce today are far less likely to earn more than their parents when compared to children born two generations earlier, new research shows. The findings show that the fraction of kids earning more than their parents has fallen dramatically—from 90 percent for kids born in the...

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Why schools are an ideal place to teach self-control

Why schools are an ideal place to teach self-control

Self-regulation skills help children manage their thoughts and feelings, control impulses, and solve problems. Now, a new federal report recommends that schools include them in the daily curriculum. “Self-regulation affects well-being across the lifespan, from mental health and emotional well-being to academic achievement, physical health, and socioeconomic success,” says Desiree...

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Parenting classes benefit all, especially lower-income families

Parenting classes benefit all, especially lower-income families

Parenting education can improve the skills of every mom and dad and the behavior of all children, and it particularly benefits families from low-income or otherwise underserved populations, a new study from Oregon State University suggests. Researchers examined a sample of more than 2,300 mothers and fathers who participated in...

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Social eating leads to overeating, especially among men

Social eating leads to overeating, especially among men

Gorging at a holiday meal or friend’s BBQ might have more to do with your ego than the quality of the food — especially if you’re a man. A new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study finds that men are at particular risk of overeating in social situations even when...

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