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Children Prefer the Real Thing to Pretending

Pretend-play is a favorite pastime for American children. They mentally transform the here and now, preparing pretend meals in toy kitchens, frolicking around on fake horses, and feeding baby dolls with plastic bottles. By age 4, children spend approximately 20% of their waking hours engaged... click to read more

  • Angeline Lillard | Professor at Early Development Lab, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Jessica Taggart | PhD student at Early Development Lab, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Views 1722
Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 1, 2018
Short bursts of exercise improve brain function

We have known for a long time that sustained physical exercise, performed at moderate intensity, has a positive impact on the brain. Beyond brain health, exercise also improves cognitive abilities - people who exercise regularly have better memory, attention, or even intelligence, on average. A trend... click to read more

  • David Moreau | Research Associate at School of Psychology, Centre for Brain Research, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zeland
Views 1435
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 18, 2018
Invisible allies for healthy juvenile growth

Maybe you remember it from your childhood. There was a doorframe in your parents' house, marked by a ladder of small horizontal lines, with dates and your name written next to each line: the more recent the date, the higher the position of the line.... click to read more

  • Martin Schwarzer | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institut de génomique fonctionnelle de Lyon, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS and Université Claude Bernard Lyon, Lyon
Views 551
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 12, 2016
Collateral damage: antibiotics disrupt the balance in the gut

Bacteria are present everywhere, also on our body surfaces. The intestine provides optimal living conditions to a diverse microbial ecosystem, termed the gut microbiota. In the intestine, the microbes live in very close connection and constant interaction with the host, us. The connection between bacteria... click to read more

  • Katri Korpela | PhD student at Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, Immunobiology Research Program, University of Helsinki, Finland
Views 507
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 2, 2016