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Why do number symbols count? Early screening and interventions for math
Description: Daniel Ansari, professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, talks about what happens in children’s brains when they learn numerical symbols and explains how to help children who are at risk of falling behind. More video statements:
  27 Jun 2017   1m31s 0 21 0
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Nerds & zombies - by Nora Raschle
Description: You're not a nerd or a zombie, but still want to know more about brains? Read
  01 Jun 2017   15s 1 67 0
Early language training improves opportunities for immigrant children
Description: Alexander Grob, professor for personality and developmental psychology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, has found in his research that high-quality child care and parenting skills have a significant effect on the success of immigrant children in learning a second language. If a society is to provide equal opportunities for all, it needs to ensure that these children are able to grow up in an environment in which they can become fluent in the host country’s language and develop to their full potential. More interviews and blog posts:
  19 Jun 2017   2m 0 31 0
A healthy life starts even before birth
Description: Gabriella Conti, associate professor of economics at University College London, shows in her research that fetal and neonatal measures other than birth weight are just as important as birth weight in predicting a child’s physical and cognitive development, and they provide more information about various dimensions of the prenatal environment. This research is helpful in coordinating both prenatal and postnatal investments in child development. More interviews and blog posts:
  30 May 2017   2m18s 0 86 0
Brain development and sensitive periods for learning in adolescence
Description: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London, has found in her research that the adolescent brain undergoes substantial development and that adolescence contains windows of opportunity for learning. More interviews and blog posts:
  08 May 2017   3m49s 0 114 0
Younger adults focus on growth and outcome, older adults on pursuing goals
Description: Alexandra M. Freund, professor of psychology at the University of Zurich, finds in her research that contrary to the stereotype of a general decline in one’s later years, older adults are better at managing their lives and remaining motivated to complete difficult tasks. While younger adults are more oriented towards achieving gains and focus on outcomes, older adults have a stronger orientation towards maintenance and avoiding losses and they focus more on the process of pursuing their goals. This research suggests that a heterogeneous age mix in teams is beneficial for both companies and society at large. More interviews and blog posts:
  01 Jun 2017   1m32s 0 29 0
Too-high expectations can lead to loneliness
Description: Luc Goossens, University of Leuven, talks about why 20% of young people report that they feel lonely, and about simple ways for parents and teachers to help them feel less lonely and lead a happier life. More interviews and blog posts:
  24 Apr 2017   1m37s 0 71 0
Accurate self-monitoring is an essential skill
Description: Claudia Roebers, head of the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Bern, Switzerland, explains why young children believe that they can fly to the moon or hatch a dinosaur egg, how this over-confidence impacts their learning, why it is hard to improve self assessment, and why accurate self-monitoring ultimately leads to a better quality of life. More interviews and blog posts:
  10 Apr 2017   2m13s 0 94 0
The benefits of fantasy play
Description: Sonja Perren, professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and Thurgau University of Teacher Education, Switzerland, talks about the benefits of free play – and in particular pretend play, which helps to promote the social-emotional development of children and has a positive effect on relationships with their peers. More interviews and blog posts:
  01 Jun 2017   1m17s 0 30 0
Helping mothers cope with perinatal depression can also help their children
Description: Pietro Biroli, assistant professor of microeconomics at the University of Zurich, talks about the importance of parental investments and explains how interventions for depressed mothers can improve their parenting skills, which has long-lasting effects on the investments they make in their children. More interviews and blog posts:
  27 Mar 2017   1m52s 1 89 0
Early childhood intervention programs combat the vicious cycle of poverty
Description: Costas Meghir, professor of economics at Yale University, focuses in his research on breaking the cycle of intergenerational transmission of poverty in India with the help of early childhood intervention programs. His goal is to find the best and most sustainable period for an intervention or combination of interventions. This research may have implications for the 250 million children under the age of 5 in developing countries who are at risk of failing to reach their full potential. More interviews and blog posts:
  13 Mar 2017   1m55s 0 72 0
“Research needs to focus on the positive outcome rather than on the problem”
Description: Anne Petersen, research professor at the University of Michigan, shares insights from her career as a developmental scientist, which spans more than 45 years. Based on her evidence, she urges researchers to avoid focusing on problems when carrying out interventions, as that approach is likely to worsen the situation. When positive outcomes are the focus, children are better able to achieve success in learning and development. The central question when designing research and programs is this: What does success look like? More interviews and blog posts:
  22 May 2017   1m30s 2 21 0