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January 21, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Young Children Capable Of Delayed Gratification?

January 21, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Imagine this: You’re five years old and you've just been given your favorite treat. Maybe it's a marshmallow or maybe it’s a lollipop. Whatever it is, you want to devour it instantly but are told that if you wait a certain amount of time and don’t eat it until that certain amount of time is up, you’ll get another treat of the same variety, thereby increasing your tally to two treats. What would you do? What would you say a five-year-old would do? And why does it matter? [More]

January 14, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Early Life Adversity Linked To Lower IQ And ADHD

January 14, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent study examined whether extreme adversity early in life can have a long-lasting impact on brain development. Previous research shows that early childhood adversity is linked to a higher risk for a wide range of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric problems later in life. This study examined whether early adversity is also linked to changes in brain structure and whether these brain changes can partly explain why some individuals develop persisting neurodevelopmental problems, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), following adversity while others do not [More]

January 7, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Five Tips To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

January 7, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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The tradition of making new year's resolutions goes all the way back to the Babylonians in 1894 BC. At the start of the new year, the Babylonians would make promises to their gods, return borrowed items and pay off debts. New year's resolutions continue to be popular thousands of years later. According to a recent survey completed in December, one in three people in the U.S. said they would be making resolutions for 2020. The survey also listed the most popular. Here's how to make sure you keep your resolutions all year long. [More]

December 31, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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More Than One Husband Can Be Advantageous According To New Study

December 31, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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If you’re wondering what new year’s resolutions to make, you might want to consider adding another spouse or two. According to a recent study of 2000 participants over two decades living in Tanzania, multiple husbands can be advantageous to women and children when times are difficult. While this scenario might not exactly play well in most relationships today, it seems that in that remote village in East Africa where the study took place, having an extra spouse can be a buffer in economic and social crises and help children live longer. [More]

December 17, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Autistic Adults Think They’re Bad People, New Study Finds

December 17, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to the World Health Organization, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) begins in childhood. One in 160 children worldwide has been diagnosed with autism. But since autism was only recognized as a disorder in 1980, there are many adults who went through childhood without a diagnosis and without help. Now, a new study thought to be the first of its kind examining an autism diagnosis exclusively in middle age, found that adults diagnosed with autism in their fifties grew up believing they were ‘bad people’, ‘alien’, and ‘non-human’. The study is published in the Journal of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine [More]

November 26, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Transgender College Students Four Times More Likely To Experience Mental Health Problems

November 26, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent study on gender minority mental health in the U.S. gathered information from a national survey on college campuses among undergraduate and graduate students. “I have been conducting transgender health research for more than a decade,” study author Sari Reisner told us. “Routine collection of gender identity data as a population demographic is vital to public health. The disparities seen in this study offers an example of why these data are so urgently needed.” [More]

October 8, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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This Type Of Therapy Improves The Communication Skills Of Children With Autism

October 8, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children is 1 in 59 and boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Research has shown that early intervention can help improve communication skills and the most well known autism therapy is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). A new study looked at a type of ABA which is showing great promise in helping children with autism. [More]