Understanding the implications of enabling children to grow into healthy, happy, educated and inquiring adults, in safety and free from adversity.

Experts call for more mental health support for parents of children with genetic learning disabilities

11 Mar 2020

Parents of children with genetic conditions that cause learning disabilities are at risk of mental health problems, suggests new research published...

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Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions, study shows

27 Feb 2020

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers at the University of...

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Brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence to prepare teenagers for adult life

29 Jan 2020

New brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at...

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Higher rates of post-natal depression among autistic mothers

15 Jan 2020

Autistic mothers are more likely to report post-natal depression compared to non-autistic mothers, according to a new study of mothers of autistic...

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Women in STEM: Stepheni Uh

24 Oct 2019

Stepheni Uh is a PhD candidate in the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her research...

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Childhood obesity linked to structural differences in key brain regions

24 Oct 2019

Obesity in children is associated with differences in brain structure in regions linked to cognitive control compared to the brains of children who...

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Discovering a world of languages

21 Oct 2019

A Cambridge-led team seeks to revitalise languages in the UK with a series of interactive pop-up exhibitions designed to set tongues wagging.

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Mild-to-moderate hearing loss in children leads to changes in how brain processes sound

01 Oct 2019

Deafness in early childhood is known to lead to lasting changes in how sounds are processed in the brain, but new research published today in eLife...

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Hadza children engaged in cooking play

Gendered play in hunter-gatherer children strongly influenced by community demographics

26 Sep 2019

The gendered play of children from two hunter-gatherer societies is strongly influenced by the demographics of their communities and the gender roles...

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Unhappy mothers talk more to their baby boys, study finds

03 Sep 2019

Mothers who are dissatisfied with their male partners spend more time talking to their infants – but only if the child is a boy, according to a new...

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Prenatal parental stress linked to behaviour problems in toddlers

06 Aug 2019

Expectant parents’ emotional struggles predict emotional and behavioural problems in 2-year-olds, new research shows. The same study reveals, for the...

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High levels of oestrogen in the womb linked to autism

29 Jul 2019

Scientists have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism. The...

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