Monthly Archives: April 2011

Birth order, cognitive development, and intelligence

Does birth order affect intelligence?  If so, how? Not surprisingly, these are debated among researchers.  Research from the early 1970’s found that early-born children tend to be more intelligent (this was in contrast to very early research); but the general … Continue reading

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FTC complaints for “Your Baby Can Read”

The consumer watchdog group Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood filed a complaint with the FTC about the the popular reading program “Your Baby Can Read”, according to a recent article on MSNBC.  This is the same group that helped … Continue reading

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Smart babies and music

For the past couple of decades, popular culture supposes that hearing classical music can make babies smarter.  Simply put, this is a myth, and I’ll warn parents to spend their money on more important things for their baby. (Note that … Continue reading

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The importance of play for kids

It’s not just your intuition; toys and play really are important for babies’ cognitive development. It clearly helps with small-muscle control and social skills, but even basic games help with language skills, abstract thinking ability, and cognitive concepts. Parents are … Continue reading

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The Marshmallow Experiment

The Stanford Marshmallow Experiment was a study of deferred gratification.  In short: children who could defer gratification (in the form of tasty snacks) at a young age had higher SAT scores later in life. This is such an important point … Continue reading

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Raising Gifted Children: Resources

The National Collegiate Honors Council is an organization which helps set direction for honors education in the U.S.  Such education in the U.S. has a relatively short history, according to the NCHC website: Honors education in the United States first … Continue reading

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Baby sign language I

A hot trend in baby development is baby sign language, where parents speak with their pre-verbal babies using American Sign Language.  It’s not that the babies will be deaf or mute; they’re simply not developed enough yet to speak verbally. … Continue reading

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