For babies, imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, research shows

Babies as young as six months of age recognise when adults are imitating them, and view the imitators as more friendly, new research from Sweden’s Lund University has found.

4 days ago

by Freya Lucas

From obesity to allergies, outdoor play is the best medicine for children

What if there was a simple, inexpensive and fun way to address some of the major challenges facing humanity today. What if it could help improve children’s health, development and well-being?

4 days ago

by Mariana Brussoni, University of British Columbia

Napping helps preschoolers unlock their full potential for learning

For many parents of young children, the highlight of their day is nap time – not for them, but for their little ones. Especially now, with most preschools closed, getting a child to nap is the golden ticket. Not only can it mean uninterrupted work or self-care time for parents, but their unrecognizable tyrants often wake as happy campers after a nap.

7 days ago

by Rebecca Spencer, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Wonderful but weak – benevolent sexism begins in early childhood, research finds

Young children who hold seemingly positive or ‘benevolent’ views about women such as women should be warm, charming and worthy of being on a pedestal are also likely to hold negative or hostile ones such as women are less intelligent than men a team of psychology researchers has found.

15 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Developing a disdain for dirty people: negative beliefs and bias emerge in childhood

Researchers have found that people adopt negative attitudes and behaviours towards those who they believe to be “dirty”, extending this thinking to explore the impact of children and adults who have contracted COVID-19 being stigmatised, speculating that this “will last well beyond the course of the illness, and that other, less warranted avoidance tendencies will form and persist.

17 days ago

by Freya Lucas