The New York Times, February 14, 2018
Public health experts and arts educators have teamed up to try a novel approach to preventing the disease in young people. The campaign, called The Bigger Picture, aims to get teenagers and young adults to view the diabetes crises in their community not just as a medical problem, but as a social justice problem tied to stress, poverty, violence and limited access to healthy and affordable foods.
The Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2018
Teens with a sense of purpose do better in school, are more resilient and healthier. They are also a minority. About 20% of teens are considered purposeful.
The New York Times, February 7, 2018
American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?
The New York Times, February 5, 2018
Research indicates that cesarean deliveries and limited breast-feeding can distort the population of micro-organisms in a baby’s gut, and may explain the unchecked rise of worrisome health problems.
The New York Times, January 31, 2018
New findings show that a teenage brain hit in the head can begin to show signs, within days, of the kind of damage associated with degenerative brain disease.
Quanta Magazine, January 30, 2018
The neuroscientist Erich Jarvis discovered that songbirds’ vocal skills and humans’ spoken language are both rooted in neural pathways for controlling learned movements.
BBC News, January 4, 2018
Schools should play a bigger role in preparing children for social media’s emotional demands as they move from primary to secondary school, England’s children’s commissioner says.
The Wall Street Journal,December 8, 2017
Anxiety disorders are common in childhood, and many parents naturally want to shield their youngsters from distress. But that is often the exact opposite of what they should do.
The Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2017
Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens.
The Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2017
Susan Pinker on methods that can flag disorders on the autism spectrum earlier than before. They show that aside from genetics, any parental contribution to the disorder is probably nil.
The Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2017
As more schools use ClassDojo and other tools to give parents report cards throughout the day, parents wonder how much detail is necessary.
The New York Times, September 19, 2017
The Boston University study links cognitive and behavioral problems later in life — among all players, not just in the N.F.L. — to playing tackle at a young age.
The Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2017
Research suggests that intimate friendships have long-term benefits, such as higher self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and depression.
The Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2017
State officials worry that turbulent health-care politics could threaten federal funding of Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The New York Times, August 21, 2017
The growing emphasis on teaching kids computer literacy and programming skills has started to shape children’s fiction.
The New York Times, August 19, 2017
When we’re older, we know more. But that’s not always an advantage.
The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2017
New research shows that students who excel at both classroom and standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT aren’t necessarily those who study longest. Instead, they study smart—planning ahead, quizzing themselves on the material and actively seeking out help when they don’t understand it.
The New York Times, August 2, 2017
The transition to college can be an opportunity for growth for parents as well as students.
The New York Times, August 2, 2017
A time to explore mixed emotions as we say goodbye to summer and say hello to new expectations.
The New York Times Magazine, July 12, 2017
A new study of twins found that genetics underlie how children seek out formative social experiences like making eye contact or observing facial expressions, which may also provide a road map for scientists searching for genes linked to autism.
The New York Times, June 24, 2017
Campuses across the country are establishing initiatives aimed at helping high achieving students learn to cope with basic setbacks.
The New York Times Magazine, June 16, 2017
A study of 8-to-10-year-olds found that exercising children who lost weight, even if they remained overweight, showed significant improvements in a test measuring their ability to pay attention, process information, and avoid being impulsive.
The New York Times, June 14, 2017
A program called ASD Nest, now in 39 elementary, middle, and high schools in NYC, aims to help autistic students understand the school environment and their own needs so they can function both in and out of school.
New York Magazine, June 1, 2017
A study of students with irritable bowel syndrome suggests that anxiety, depression, and a history of early life trauma may result in longer-lasting symptoms of IBS.
The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2017
Questions about helping teen girls thrive are a source of interest for psychologists and neuroscientists, sparking more than three dozen studies in the past year. Here’s a guide to the findings.
The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2017
Assigning new jobs for children as they mature will develop their work ethic, and assigning an allowance to chores will teach them to equate hard work to cash. The article outlines several chores children should learn to master by certain ages.
The New York Times, April 3, 2017
Children born to the 35- to 39-year-olds did significantly better on cognitive testing than children born to the younger mothers, which researchers attributed to the social and economic characteristics of older mothers, who tend to be better educated and more well-off.
The Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2017
Researchers in Finland found that a group of male entrepreneurs and a group of dads demonstrated comparable patterns of brain activity when the entrepreneurs were shown photos of their businesses and the fathers were shown photos of their children.
The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2017
A Q&A with Jacqueline Sperling, director of training and research at the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program in Cambridge, MA, who recommends parents seek therapy for their children at the first sign of behaviors that disrupt their social, academic or home environments.
Gizmodo, March 23, 2017
New research from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center suggests that between 60 and 66 percent of all cancer-causing mutations are the result of random DNA copying errors, making them essentially unavoidable.
The New York Times, March 23, 2017
Several charts illustrate that noncognitive character strengths — “perseverance, industriousness, grit, resilience, curiosity, application” and “self-control, future orientation, self-discipline, impulse control, delay of gratification” — make significant contributions to success in adulthood and upward mobility, and tend to favor upper-class children from educated and continuously married, two-parent households.
The New York Times, March 13, 2017
American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol, but researchers are starting to ponder whether this is in part because they are stimulated and entertained by computers and phones.
The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2017
Journals are being used as a way for parents and children—often in awkward adolescence—to communicate and deepen relationships, which can help parenting during some of the toughest years.
The Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2017
Psychology professor Sian Beilock studies how people think in stressful situations—and why they choke.
NOVA, September 14, 2016
How can the science of learning help us rethink the future of education for all children?
Aired September 14, 2016 on PBS
The Wall Street Journal, August 9, 2016
A flood of new research and analysis of brain imaging data are changing scientists’ views on the role parents play during their children’s adolescence, who have identified four stages of development most teens experience at certain ages.
The New York Times, July 11, 2016
The overwhelming majority of babies are lean at birth, but by the time they reach kindergarten, many have acquired excess body fat that sets the stage for a lifelong weight problem.
The New York Times, July 5, 2016
Two new studies found links between childhood obesity and the occurrence of colon cancer, strokes and other diseases that strike adults later in life.
The New Yorker, June 21, 2016
In her best-selling book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” Angela Duckworth celebrates grit as the single trait in our complex and wavering nature which accounts for success.
The Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2016
Puberty appears to be starting earlier in healthy girls, and possibly even boys, introducing a host of health and social implications for their parents.
The New York Times, June 17, 2016
Recent research reveals that the health of American children is improving sharply, and the health gap between the rich and the poor among children and young adults is shrinking. The research suggests that future generations of Americans may not reach old age with the same ailments and inequalities as today’s older Americans.
MfA, June 8,2016
Jeanne Garbarino, Director of Science Outreach at Rockefeller University, has collaborated with Math for America over the past few years to lead workshops at Rockefeller University laboratories that focus on high-level scientific content.
The Atlantic, June, 2016
Paul Tough discusses how to teach students grit in an adapted excerpt from his new book “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.”
The New York Times, May 21, 2016
In this Op-Ed article, Paul Tough discusses research on why children whose parents were counseled to play more with them as part of a study did better throughout childhood on tests of I.Q., aggressive behavior and self-control.
The New York Times, May 12, 2016
Schools are starting to bring in dietitians to discuss the importance of nutrition with young athletes, long a standard part of professional and college athletics programs.
The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2016
Tribeca Pediatrics, which is among the most ardent proponents of the sleep-training practice known as extinction, says babies as young as two months old can be taught to sleep through the night by being left to cry.
The New York Times, April 8, 2016
A Q&A with Angela Duckworth, who has an upcoming book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” available in May.
BioMed Central, March 10, 2016
There’s more to science than being a scientist! Jeanne Garbarino tells of her experiences which have led her to where she is today – the Director of Science Outreach at Rockefeller University.
The New York Times, March 4, 2016
Evidence is accumulating that food allergies in children might be prevented by feeding peanuts and other allergenic food to infants in their first year of life.
The New York Times, March 1, 2016
The race to test for social-emotional skills has raised alarms even among the biggest proponents of teaching them, who warn that the definitions are unclear and the tests faulty. Angela Duckworth is quoted and Paul Tough is mentioned.
The New York Times, February 15, 2016
Two new studies explore the effectiveness of the so-called testing effect for people with attention-deficit problems, giving hope to the promise of outfoxing learning deficits with cognitive science while acknowledging the difficulties involved.