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Conference on Children and the Media: Media, Minds and Neuroscience

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/08/20/conference-on-children-and-the-media-media-minds-and-neuroscience">Conference on Children and the Media: Media, Minds and Neuroscience</a>

This conference is a joint venture between the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie and the Australian Council on Children and the Media. It focuses on the impact of children’s media environment on their neural development. 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

How Brain Science Can Help Parents Understand Teen Behaviour

<a href="/articles/how-brain-science-can-help-parents-understand-teen-behaviour">How Brain Science Can Help Parents Understand Teen Behaviour</a>

Breakthroughs in neuroscience can help us better parent the teens in our lives. They may tower over us physically and be our intellectual match, but teenagers have brains that are very much a work in progress. This informative article gives parents a guide to the changes happening in the teen brain and explains their connections to teenage behaviour. Read full article