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A PRESCRIPTION FOR TOUCH: EARLY EXPERIENCES SHAPE PRETERM BABIES’ BRAINS

Newborn babies experience the world through touch. Now, researchers who have measured the brain responses of 125 infants—including babies who were born prematurely and others who went full-term—show that a baby’s earliest experiences of touch have lasting effects on the way their young brains respond to gentle touch when they go home. The findings reported in Current Biology are yet …

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UNDER STRESS, NEWBORN BABIES SHOW GREATER BRAIN RESPONSE TO PAIN

When newborn babies are under stress, their brains show a heightened response to pain, a new study has found. However, you’d never know it from the way those infants act. The findings reported in Current Biology on November 30 show that stress leads to an apparent disconnect between babies’ brain activity and their behavior. “When newborn babies experience a painful …

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MOTHERS’ AND BABIES’ BRAINWAVES SYNCHRONIZE WHEN THEY GAZE AT EACH OTHER

Scientists have discovered that making eye contact with babies synchs their brainwaves with adults and could help them to learn and communicate more easily. Researchers already knew that when parents interact with their children their emotions and heart rate synchronize but they have never tested it with the brain until now. In a study of babies and their mothers, scientists …

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STUDY SHOWS BABIES WHO GET MORE CUDDLES HAVE THEIR GENETICS CHANGED FOR YEARS

The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn’t just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A new study says it can actually affect babies at the molecular level, and the effects can last for years. Based on the study, babies who get less physical contact and are more distressed at a young age, end up with …

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BABIES CAN TELL HOW BADLY YOU WANT SOMETHING: PART ONE

According to a new study from MIT and Harvard University, babies as young as 10 months can assess how much someone values a particular goal by observing how hard they are willing to work to achieve it. This ability requires integrating information about both the costs of obtaining a goal and the benefit gained by the person seeking it, suggesting …

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FACTS EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THEIR BABY’S BRAIN

All babies are born too early If it weren’t for the size limitations of a woman’s pelvis, babies would stay developing in the womb for considerably longer, comparative biologists have suggested. Some pediatricians label a baby’s first three months of life as the “fourth trimester” of pregnancy to emphasize how needy, and yet devoid of social skills, babies are at …

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BABIES RETAIN THEIR EARLY EXPOSURE TO FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Babies may be more language-savvy than scientists thought: A study of people who were adopted as babies suggests that infants younger than 6 months may grasp crucial abstract information about their native tongue. They seem to store this information for years even if they don’t hear their native language in the interim. In the study, published in the journal Proceedings …

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NEWBORN BABIES ALREADY HAVE A SENSE OF HOW NUMBERS WORK

Newborn babies seem to have a rudimentary sense of numbers, preferring smaller numbers on the left and larger ones on the right. The finding suggests that this left-to-right mental number line might be innate for humans. We visualize most of our thoughts in space. “Anything you want to remember that has a sense of order – be it days of …

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DISLIKE FOR UNFAMILIAR GROUPS OF PEOPLE IS LEARNED

A new study suggests that although we are inherently drawn to familiar groups of people, having dislike for unfamiliar groups appears to be a learned behavior. “Persistent discrimination and conflict across cultures has led psychologists to question whether we are naturally inclined to like people who are similar to ourselves and to dislike those who are different, or whether we …

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WHY SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT WITH INFANTS IS BETTER FOR EVERYONE

Carmela Torres was 18 when she became pregnant for the first time. It was 1987 and she and her now-husband, Pablo Hernandez, were two idealistic young Colombians born in the coastal region of Montería who moved to the capital, Bogotá, in search of freedom and a better life. When Torres told her father she was expecting, so angered was he …

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MOTHERS’ MIGRAINE LINKED TO COLIC IN INFANTS

Researchers report that mothers with migraine are more than twice as likely as those without to have an infant with colic. “Infants that inherit migraine genes may be more sensitive to normal stimuli and express that sensitivity as colicky crying,” lead investigator Amy Gelfand, MD, a child neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco, told Medscape Medical News. “This …

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DOES DAD TIME WITH INFANTS BOOST BABIES’ IQ?

A new study suggests that if you’re a new father, spending plenty of time with your baby could boost his or her mental development. British researchers looked at how 128 fathers interacted with their infants at 3 months of age. When the kids turned 2, the researchers measured their mental development. Infants whose fathers were more engaged and active when …

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IAIM MISSION: The purpose of the International Association of Infant Massage is to promote nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected throughout the world community.