Early Roots of Empathy

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Description: Figuring out how other people are feeling, especially when they are experiencing different emotions than we are is quite a challenge. When can preschoolers do this? Do they have to figure it out using some sort of cognitive emotional analysis or might they start by more simply empathically resonating with another’s emotional state? Source:… Read more »

Poverty, Parental Education and Brain Development

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Description: Does growing up in poverty have implications for developmental outcomes, yes it does. Why might that be? Well one possibility is that growing up in poverty has a negative impact upon the developmental growth of children’s brains. Sources: Huffington Post: Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development Date: March 30, 2015… Read more »

Now Another thing You Can Blame on your Mother

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Description: Read these articles describing and discussing the findings of a recent study on the epigenesist of childhood obesity and linking it to maternal and grand-maternal activity patterns (or the lack thereof) during their adolescences. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 30, 2014 Links:     Lead article – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/studying-obesity-through-maternal-health-before-and-during-pregnancy/article21834086/ Comment on Article- http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/flipping-a-non-motherly-gesture-at-sexist-science/article21833778/ Earlier… Read more »

Is Nature Critical to Positive Human Development? Project Wild Thing

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Source: Project Wild Thing Website, see links below Date: November 24, 2014 Links:   http://projectwildthing.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rJ260-JWcY The current generation of children is predicted to be the first generation in a VERY long time that is predicted to NOT live longer than their parents. David Bond, in this very engaging film Wild Thing, seeks to correct that… Read more »

Frances Kelsey: Canadian Who Blocked Thalidomide from Approval for Use in the United States

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Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 24, 2014 Links: Video: http://bcove.me/q1bb3zon Article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-doctor-averted-disaster-by-keeping-thalidomide-out-of-the-us/article21721337/ The drug Thalidomide, which was found to be a powerful teratogen, was approved for use in Canada in the 1960’s largely on the strength of it already having been approved for use in the UK, other commonwealth countries and Germany. It… Read more »

Canada’s Thalidomide Babies are Aging, Struggling and Looking for Support

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Description: Read the article describing the long term developmental effects on Canadians whose Mothers were given the drug Thalidomide to treat insomnia and nausea early in their pregnancies (in the 1960’s). Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 21, 2014 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-aftermath-of-thalidomide/article21689771/ Thalidomide is a textbook teratogen. Prescribed as a sleeping pill or an anti-nausea… Read more »