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Having babies sit up may help them learn

Having babies sit up may help them learn

Babies may learn better when they’re sitting up, a new study suggests.
«An important part of human cognitive development is the ability to understand whether an object in view is the same or different from an object seen earlier,» Rebecca Woods, an assistant professor of human development and family science and doctoral psychology lecturer at North Dakota State University, said in a university news release.
«Cognitive development» refers to abilities like thinking, perception and memory.
She and colleague Teresa Wilcox, a psychology professor at Texas A&M University, found that infants at age...

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Swapping chips for cheese, veggies may curb calorie intake in snacking kids

Swapping chips for cheese, veggies may curb calorie intake in snacking kids

When it comes to giving children snacks, having a healthier array of options may cut down on calorie-intake while still keeping kids full, new research suggests.

Scientists found that children who were given snacks of vegetables and cheese or just plain cheese had the same levels of satiation compared to those given potato chips, meaning they were just as full. However, the vegetable and cheese groups reported significantly lower intake of calories.

«There is no magic food or ingredient that will end childhood obesity, but learning to substitute certain foods — such as choosing a combination s...

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Want Your Baby to Learn? Research Shows Sitting Up Helps

Want Your Baby to Learn? Research Shows Sitting Up Helps

From the Mozart effect to educational videos, many parents want to aid their infants in learning. New research out of North Dakota State University, Fargo, and Texas A&M shows that something as simple as the body position of babies while they learn plays a critical role in their cognitive development.

The study shows that for babies, sitting up, either by themselves or with assistance, plays a significant role in how infants learn. The research titled «Posture Support Improves Object Individuation in Infants,» co-authored by Rebecca J...

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