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What is Associative Play?

Ms. Bailey releases the children to recess and follows them outside to watch over them. While standing off to the side, she notices a group of children dance around the stack of sticks with stereotypical Indian calls. Ms. Bailey is observing something called associative play. Associative play is a form of play in which a […]

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How To Get Children To Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

Evidence showing the benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption is substantial. Despite this knowledge being widespread many adults and children alike do not eat the recommended amounts. As childhood learnt behaviours often carry on into adulthood, childhood is an important time to ensure a healthy amount of fruit and vegetables is being consumed, and a healthy habit […]

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New Study Links Violent Video Games to Delinquent Behaviour

Exposure to violent video games has previously been linked to aggressive behaviour, aggressive thoughts, desensitisation and increased anti-social behaviour. As previously discussed research has already found altered reward processes in online gamers. But new research aimed to examine if violent video games would lead to more holistic negative behaviour patterns: “The current study examines video […]

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Extroverted Child? Could Be A (Very) Good Thing

Psychologists are increasingly recognising the link between psychological health and physical health. We also know that personality type predicts a variety of outcomes in adulthood. We have previously discussed How Your Personality Influences Who You Vote For and the Personality Attributes that are Important in the Workplace. With this in mind researchers conducted a 30 year long […]

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The Amazing Effect of Granting a Wish to Seriously Ill Children

Charities such as the Make-A-Wish foundation work tirelessly to provide magical gifts and experiences to children who are living with life-threatening and often terminal conditions. But beyond providing a magical experience does this positive intervention offer any further effects on the well-being of the children receiving? Most would agree that it does and argue that it […]

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This Type of Parenting Improves the Health of Children

In many different ways how you develop as a child contributes to how healthy you are as an adult, physically and psychologically. Practices and habits you learn you will carry through to adulthood, this period of development is when you learn to look after yourself. But during the adolescent period you are not in charge everything […]

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Could this Widespread Parenting Practice Reduce Future Emotional Competence?

Certain parenting practices often come under fire by health professionals, health organisations or the media, dummies (also known as pacifiers or comforters) are no stranger to this criticism. Used in some form almost universally by parents around the world, dummies are generally considered fairly safe and something that is quickly grown out of. But new research […]

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How Reading Harry Potter can Reduce Prejudice and Stigma

We all know that reading is beneficial for children, J.K Rowlings’ Harry Potter has gone a long way in inspiring children to read more. But can reading Harry Potter and similar books go further than that and help children to improve their attitudes towards stimatised groups such as immigrants, homosexuals, disabled people and refugees? And could this […]

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