Religious Kids Are More Likely To Think Magical Protagonists Are Real

Results from a study published in the latest issue of Cognitive Science suggest that 5- and 6-year-old kids from religious backgrounds judge fact from fiction differently than those with non-religious upbringings. » 7/18/14 2:30pm 7/18/14 2:30pm

How neuroscience helped to rescue Romanian orphans

Over at Aeon magazine, journalist Virginia Hughes has a gripping story about how a small group of neuroscientists created a government program to place Romanian orphans in foster care — and did some terrific scientific work in the process. Yes, science can improve lives. » 7/29/13 3:08pm 7/29/13 3:08pm

Infants can distinguish speech from nonsense as early as 9 months

Babies may not be able to clean or feed themselves, but they're pretty damn remarkable at a number of other things (things besides being pudgy and adorable). For instance, psychologists at NYU recently demonstrated that children as young as nine months old are also capable of differentiating between speech and… » 7/18/12 8:00am 7/18/12 8:00am

Children as young as four can understand irony

Anybody hoping to sneak some withering sarcasm past an unsuspecting little brat is going to be sorely disappointed. Even the littlest of children can understand irony. Turns out children really aren't so different from us after all. » 9/16/10 7:00am 9/16/10 7:00am

Children Who Are Spanked Have Lower IQs

A psychiatrist who studies violence and trauma has revealed the results of a long-range study of the intelligence of children who were spanked. Murray Straus of the University of New Hampshire says that even a little spanking adversely affects the intelligence of the children years after the event. » 9/25/09 9:30am 9/25/09 9:30am