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When Your Child’s New Friend is Imaginary

NYU Child Study Center

3 year old Anna with her imaginary friendMany young children, particularly those between the ages of 3 and 5 years, develop imaginary friends.  Children this age are typically beginning to decipher the boundaries between fantasy and reality, and their “new” imagined friends are part of this process. 

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Understanding Babbling as a Key to Development

7 month old TaviaThis article explores the significance of babies’ babble, and how these first sounds and utterances lead to more advanced communication, including both receptive and productive language.  It appears that babies’ around the world babble in similar ways, and researchers are becoming increasingly interested in interpreting these sounds and the impact they have on both cognitive and social development.

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Early Experiences Can Alter Gene Expression and Affect Long-Term Development

Gene Expression articleCenter on the Developing Child  Harvard University

A new report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child examines how environmental influences impact gene expression. These findings illustrate that the experiences children have early in life shape their developing brain architecture and impact their growth and development.

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The Moral Life of Babies

The New York Times Magazine

Makalya clappingFor years, psychologists have argued that humans enter the world devoid of morality.  However, a growing body of evidence suggests that humans do have a rudimentary moral sense from the very start of life, and babies can demonstrate a basic understanding of right and wrong.

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