Brain Development Archives - NWI

New Research Finds Unique Fingerprint-Like Pattern in Human Brain

February 28, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A study by researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway published recently in Nature Neuroscience, found unique, fingerprint-like patterns in the human brain. These unique network patterns develop during childhood and adolescence. Children and adolescents with mental illness symptoms were found to have a delay in the way these brain network patterns developed.

Read more about the research on brain network maturation»

Research: Maternal Depression Impacts Children’s Basis of Empathy

February 8, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A study published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry followed children of mothers with depression from birth to preadolescence to look at the impact of mothers’ depression on children’s neural empathic response. Researchers found the neural reaction to pain in others stops earlier for children of depressed mothers than in controls. The patterns of interaction between mother–child were also found to be a factor.

Read the article on the impact of maternal depression»

Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start!

February 1, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this recent blog post, Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, highlights current thinking on brain development from birth to age 25. The post includes links several resources for positive mental health development from infancy to early childhood and beyond.

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Research on Awareness of Impact of Diet on Children’s Mental Development

January 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Recent research published in The British Journal of Nutrition measured awareness of the impact of diet on children’s mental health among teachers and parents in four European countries. While the study showed high understanding of the impact of diet on physical health, they found lower levels of awareness about the importance of diet on brain development and cognition, especially among parents. The researchers concluded there is need for greater education of parents.

Read about the study measuring parent’s awareness of the importance of diet for children’s mental health»

Emerging Research: Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

November 21, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Story about emerging research investigating potential impact of prenatal supplement of B vitamin choline for the future mental health. Multiple researchers in the field agree the subject deserves additional study.

Read about the research into benefits of prenatal choline supplements for mental health»

Policing the Teenage Brain

September 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this Atlantic interview, Lisa Thurau, founder and executive director of Strategies for Youth discusses the positive impact of their training program for police on youth mental health. In Cambridge, the program led to a 65 percent decline in juvenile arrests and an 80 percent decline in runaways.

Read the article about the benefits of training police on youth mental health issues»

Common brain changes found in children with autism, ADHD and OCD

August 11, 2016 | Emily Taylor

New research from the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network (POND) founds similarities in brain imaging of white matter in 200 children with autism, ADHD, OCD or no diagnosis.

Read about the MRI study of shared brain biology across ADHD, OCD and autism»

New Recommendation: Limit Exposure to ‘virtual violence’ in children’s lives

August 1, 2016 | Emily Taylor

New guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics recommend limiting children’s exposure to “virtual violence” in video games and media. One recommendation is to “protect children under age six from all virtual violence, because they cannot always distinguish fantasy from reality”.

Read the article on guidelines for limiting kids’ exposure to virtual violence»

Poor outcomes for adolescents who use Marijuana

June 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A recent study by RAND Corporation followed a group of LA-area students over a seven year period, from their participation in an alcohol and other drug use prevention program in middle schools through high school, surveying them on their drug use and academic progress.

Read the article about teen alcohol and marijuana use»