On self-regulation

July 08, 2016  |   For parents of children,For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

Psychologist Stuart Shanker of York University and the MEHRIT Centre in Canada has published a new book:  Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life, which discusses the importance of self-regulation for kids. http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/07/07/484910409/why-its-self-reg-not-self-control-that-matters-most-for-kids Self-Reg

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Exercise and physical play improves learning

June 28, 2016  |   For parents of children,For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

“Physical activity before, during and after school promotes scholastic performance in children and youth,” according to a new consensus statement published Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-exercise-kids-school-20160627-snap-story.html http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2016/05/27/bjsports-2016-096325  

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Discussion of later start time for high schools

June 27, 2016  |   For parents of teenagers,For teens   |   Click on title to comment!

Boston City Councillors will be holding a hearing to discuss a later start time for high schools: Will Boston Public Schools adopt later high school start times?

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Reinforcement versus punishment to shape behavior

June 21, 2016  |   For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

A new study published in PLOS Computational Biology finds that adolescents learn and respond better when their behavior is tied to seeking rewards, not avoiding punishments: http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004953#abstract0 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3650696/Why-bribe-teenagers-Young-people-respond-better-rewards-punishments.html  

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Teens and social media

June 15, 2016  |   For parents of teenagers   |   Click on title to comment!

A new study in the journal Psychological Science looks at the effects of digital and social media on an adolescent’s brain. The researchers found that teenagers are more enticed to “like” a social media post if it already has many “likes,” influenced by the conformity effect. The study also found that social media photos that depict risky behavior like […]

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