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Media Violence and a Child's Developing Brain

<a href="/articles/media-violence-and-a-childs-developing-brain">Media Violence and a Child&#039;s Developing Brain</a>

Speaking at the Australian Council for Children and the Media’s conference last week, Dr Wayne Warburton, Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre, summarised research demonstrating how violent media has an impact on the brain of a developing child. Imaging studies show emotional desensitisation and real changes in the brain associated with the ability to inhibit aggressive responses. Read full article

Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success

<a href="/articles/regular-bedtimes-for-children-support-academic-success">Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success</a>

What time did your child go to bed last night and was it about the same time as the night before? Having a consistent and early enough bedtime during children’s younger years is likely to pay dividends when they are older, with research showing that children who have non-regular and late bedtimes are more likely to perform worse in reading and maths. The longer the irregular and late sleep patterns continue, the more likely it is that a child may suffer these cognitive effects. Read full article

BPA and Babies’ Developing Brains - New Research

<a href="/articles/bpa-and-babies%E2%80%99-developing-brains-new-research">BPA and Babies’ Developing Brains - New Research</a>

New research about the effect of bisephenol A (BPA) on humans finds a link between BPA and the developing central nervous systems of human embryos. This new study from Duke University Medical Centre claims to have uncovered the process by which BPA effects developing brains of babies. However, other scientists disagree, saying the science is flawed. Read full article

Why Do Teens Take More Risks? Do They?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/11/01/why-do-teens-take-more-risks-do-they">Why Do Teens Take More Risks? Do They?</a>

A study by researchers at New York University, Yale’s School of Medicine, and Fordham University suggests that one reason why adolescents tolerate situations where the outcome is uncertain is that they have a higher level of comfort with “the ambiguous”. And this result could help in suggesting new ways for parents and teachers to talk to teenagers about risk. What do you think? Read full article

How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child's Brain

<a href="/articles/how-supportive-parenting-impacts-your-childs-brain">How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child&#039;s Brain</a>

The importance of parental love and warmth to children’s emotional wellbeing is widely accepted. It makes sense that a loving childhood may protect children from developing mental illnesses later in life. A recent study by experts at Washington University illustrates why good parenting skills and parent wellbeing is so important that it can even affect the size of an important part of our brain – the hippocampus. Read full article