The Goldilocks effect: Babies learn from experiences that are 'just right'

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:08 1166 Category: Research Highlights
Long before babies understand the story of Goldilocks, they have more than mastered the fairy tale heroine's method of decision-making. Infants ignore information that is too simple or too complex, focusing instead on situations that are "just right," according to a new study to be published in the journal PLoS ONE on May 23.

Autism genes activate during fetal brain development

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:59 905 Category: Research Highlights
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development.

Vaccinate against measles

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:54 990 Category: Research Highlights
Future outbreaks of measles can only be prevented by vaccination. An article published in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health examined reasons people are hesitant to vaccinate.

New insights into the male bias of autism

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:45 1019 Category: Research Highlights
Male toddlers with autism have significant structural differences in their brains compared to females with the condition, according to research published in the open access journal Molecular Autism. The journal is publishing a special series of articles looking at the links between sex/gender and autism, which reveal additional insights into the role of prenatal sex hormones and the 'female protective effect'.
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