Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

does practice really make perfectIf we want to improve our performance in something, it usually requires consistent and deliberate practice. We chant the age-old mantra, “practice makes perfect,” to ourselves with the hopes that this will conjure up the motivation to practice. But, does practice really make perfect? Read more

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Babies Practice Speaking Long Before They Actually Say a Word

Babies Practice SpeakingInfants’ brains begin rehearsing speech mechanisms, such as word formation, long before they actually say a word., a new study shows. Talking to infants slowly and deliberately stimulates the areas of the brain that coordinate and plan movements for speech in 7- and 11-month olds. Read more

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Similar Genes Influence Children’s Mathematical and Reading Ability

Children’s Mathematical and Reading AbilityWe usually think of math and reading skills as two distinct abilities; you’re either good with numbers or words. A new study may debunk this notion that our brains are either adept at math or reading. Read more

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Why Children Need to Play Outside

Why Children Need to Play OutsideChildren who play outside after school have significantly higher fitness levels and more often meet the recommended guidelines for daily physical activity, according to new research. Read more

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Parents’ Touch Helps Infants Learn New Vocabulary Words

Parents’ Touch Helps Infants Learn New Vocabulary WordsTicking an infant’s foot might be more than just a fun game. It’s possible that these types of touches help infants learn new vocabulary words, according to a new study. Read more

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