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Using Computer Games to Aid Cognitive Development in African Children

Friday, May 17, 2019
Using computer games to aid cognitive development in African children

Michael Boivin, a professor in the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, had no intentions of working in Africa until he met his wife, who grew up…

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Head Start May Protect Against Foster Care Placement

Monday, October 9, 2017
Sacha Klein

Participating in Head Start may help prevent young children from being placed in foster care, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University researcher. Kids up…

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Personality Traits ‘Contagious’ Among Children

Friday, February 3, 2017
Jennifer Watling Neal, assistant professor of psychology, poses outside of the psychology building on Thursday July 1, 2010.

When preschoolers spend time around one another, they tend to take on each others’ personalities, indicates a new study by Michigan State University psychology researchers. The study, published…

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Many Kindergartners Struggle with Self-Regulation

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Ryan Bowles and Lori Skibbe

Many children are still learning to control their behavior as they enter kindergarten and may need educational support to develop that critical skill, indicates one of the most…

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Helping Toddlers’ Understand Emotion Key to Development

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
mother and child

Child Health day, Oct. 5, 2015 The simple parenting strategy of helping toddlers understand emotion may reduce behavioral problems later on, finds a federally funded study led by…

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