Kissing, sharing food, or any other interaction that involves saliva are signals babies and young children use to determine whether two people have a strong relationship and mutual obligation to each other.
A new study reveals a child’s reading skills can be developed with the help of a newly designed child-friendly action video game.
The genetic disruption of specific cell processes crucial to brain development was linked to disease risk in a wide range of mental health disorders including schizophrenia.
Study reports play-based learning may positively impact a young child’s acquisition of math skills compared to direct teaching.
Direct transmission of BPA from a pregnant woman to her child via the placenta may have a negative impact on fetal brain development, researchers report.
Infection, inflammation, and metabolic disorders early in life could increase the chances of developing depression and psychosis during adulthood.
When GABA targets are activated, visual processing for people on the autism spectrum becomes more like that of non-autistic people.
Researchers identified molecular signatures of gestational inflammation that appear to be biomarkers for autism risk. The immune signatures were identified in both maternal blood samples during pregnancy and in umbilical cord blood from children later …
Study examines the stability of an individual child’s depression and the effects of early life symptoms of depression on risks for developing depression later in life.
At six months of age, babies born during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic scored lower on developmental screening tests for social and motor skills than children born before the pandemic.
Infants and toddlers on the autism spectrum who showed the poorest neural responses to motherese, or baby-talk by parents, also displayed the most severe social symptoms, poorest language outcomes, and greatest impairments in behavioral preference and …
Increased choline consumption during pregnancy was associated with better performance in tasks requiring sustained attention in children aged seven. Researchers found doubling the recommended amount of choline by increasing consumption of nuts, eggs, r…
Study reveals symptoms of autism can be detected within the first year of a child’s life, and early detection can help with interventions that may significantly reduce the severity of lifelong developmental deviation.
The father’s genes drive a fetus’ demand for larger blood vessels and more nutrients, while maternal genes in the placenta try to take control over how much nourishment the mother provides.
Zebrafish whose brains lacked oxytocin during the first two weeks of life had impaired capacity for social interaction as they aged. Researchers also found oxytocin-producing neurons were critical for the development of dopaminergic neurons.
Regardless of where children come from, they will challenge their peers who break the rules. However, how they challenge rule-breakers varies between cultures.
A new study reveals how parental stress impacts the holiday season for children. One in five parents say their children have unrealistic expectations for the season, while one in four parents admit to setting overly idealistic expectations for themselv…
A new review of almost 200 publications suggests the gut microbiota may play a critical role in modulating brain function, social behavior and other symptoms of autism.
Children with autism have abnormally low levels of the CNTNAP2 protein. The protein, which can be detected in cerebrospinal fluid samples, may serve as a new biomarker for autism and could potentially become a target to treat epilepsy that is commonly …
Brain organoid study reveals multiple changes in brain cells during early embryonic development may contribute to schizophrenia later in life.