Taking the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony is an emotional moment for many immigrants, and for good reason: it is the culmination of an often arduous process and many years of striving. Citizenship also opens a new chapter marked by possibility, from better job prospects to full participation in civic life. Yet for

Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. Credit: © Nataliya Hora / Fotolia Children who play the violin

To evaluate infants’ intuition regarding what other people value, researchers showed them videos in which an agent (red bouncing ball) decides whether it’s worth the effort to leap over an obstacle to reach a goal (blue cartoon character). Credit: Courtesy of the researchers Babies as young as 10 months can assess how much someone values

EEGs taken before and after the training showed that the biggest changes occurred in the brains of the group that trained using the “dual n-back” method. Credit: Kara J. Blacker/JHU One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. It

People who are highly materialistic tend to use Facebook frequently and intensely. Credit: © Photographee.eu / Fotolia If you’re materialistic, you’re likely to use Facebook more frequently and intensely. A new paper in Heliyon reveals that materialistic people see and treat their Facebook friends as “digital objects,” and have significantly more friends than people who

About half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits. Credit: © rimmdream / Fotolia Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a

Violinist (stock image). “The nature vs. nurture debate has raged since the beginning of psychology,” said Zach Hambrick, MSU professor of psychology. “This makes it very clear that it’s both. Not only in the sense that both nature and nurture contribute, but that they interact with each other.” Credit: © Minerva Studio / Fotolia Mom

There is growing consumer demand for cannabidiol (CBD), a constituent of the cannabis plant, due to its purported medicinal benefits for myriad health conditions. But new research has found that most sold online is mislabeled, offering risks for patients, particularly children. Credit: © thanh lam / Fotolia In recent years, there has been an increased

A preschooler is exposed to light at night as part of a CU Boulder study measuring the impact of screens on sleep. Credit: CU Boulder With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of screen time, according to a sweeping review of the literature

Overall divergent thinking (ODT) score. Credit: Ritter et al (2017) Listening to happy music may help generate more, innovative solutions compared to listening to silence, according to a study published September 6, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Simone Ritter from Radboud University, The Netherlands and Sam Ferguson from the University of Technology

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