Brain Development Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Teen Behavior, Explained by a Neuroscientist

April 8, 2024 | NWI

A researcher at Tufts School of Medicine explains how brain development – as well as current events – can influence decision-making in adolescence.

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‘Anti-Dopamine Parenting’ Can Curb Children’s Cravings

July 23, 2023 | NWI

Parents are constantly being told they have to limit how much junk food their children can eat or how long they allow them to use their devices. This can be a struggle, but neuroscientists now know what’s happening in a child’s brain that drives this overconsumption, and what parents can do to counteract the cravings that lead children to overconsume.

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Anti-Poverty Programs May Help With Mental Health Disparities

May 22, 2023 | NWI

States that provide stronger social safety nets have lower socioeconomic disparities in the brain development and mental health of children 9 to 11 years old, according to research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health.

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What’s Behind Steep Rises in Autism Rates?

April 21, 2023 | NWI

New research suggests doctors have improved at identifying autism, especially among children with average or above-average IQs. But that doesn’t fully explain the trend.

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Social Media Use May Change Adolescents’ Brains

March 10, 2023 | NWI

A new study using neuroimaging suggests that adolescents who are heavy users of social media may become hypersensitive to feedback from peers.

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Gaming May Help Cognitive Performance

January 27, 2023 | NWI

A study of nearly 2,000 children found that those who reported playing video games for three hours per day or more performed better on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and working memory compared to children who had never played video games.

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Parental Trauma Leaves Biological Traces in Children

September 23, 2022 | NWI

Parental adverse experiences may influence the next generation through multiple pathways. The most apparent route runs through parental behavior, but influences during gestation and even changes in eggs and sperm may also play a role. And all these channels seem to involve epigenetics: alterations in the way that genes function. This article from Scientific American reviews research and implications.

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Challenges for Families of Special-Needs Children Adopted from Overseas

August 7, 2022 | NWI

For years, evangelical Christians were enthusiastic supporters of adoption by sponsoring conferences, targeting adoption-friendly Sundays and staging adoption fairs in parish halls. Thousands of overseas children got new homes. Leading the way were evangelical luminaries such as recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman (three daughters from China) and then-Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore (two sons from Russia). Enthusiastic parents took up the challenge, traveling overseas for one or more children, even adopting special needs kids whose home countries were not interested in their care. More than a decade after this movement peaked, many families who went overseas are in crisis mode.

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New Resources to Teach Children Coping Skills

April 4, 2022 | NWI

The Child Mind Institute has released a series of free, evidence-based video and print resources that caregivers and educators can use to teach their kids critical mental health and coping skills.

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Loneliness Damages Children’s Mental Health and Their Grades

April 4, 2022 | NWI

Children who feel lonely are more likely to leave school with worse grades than classmates who never experience loneliness. Even a temporary bout of loneliness at age 12 puts children at risk of worse qualifications when they leave school up to six years later, according to a new study.

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