New research questions the strong claims that have been made about the benefits of ‘brain training’ – enhanced mental skills, a boost to education, improved clinical outcomes and sharper everyday functioning. This new study found evidence that ‘brain training’ changed brain signalling but no indication of other benefits.
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Youth cyberbullying is dramatically more likely to occur between current or former friends and dating partners than between students who were never friends or in a romantic relationship, according to researchers.
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Whether violent video games influence the behavior of youth has been a debate that has split the academic community for years
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A new study has found that having a positive relationship with a teacher around the age of 10-11 years old can markedly influence the development of ‘prosocial’ behaviours such as cooperation and altruism, as well as significantly reduce problem classroom behaviours such as aggression and oppositional behaviour.
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Haley Horstman is studying the benefits and challenges of open adoptions. Her recent study shows that open adoption relationships in which communication is encouraged, can benefit the child and their adoptive parents.
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Time taken away from lessons for it is time well spent, says consensus statement