brain development

  • Building memory in the early years

    Brain and behaviour influence each other, study suggests.

    Memory is one of our most fundamental and important cognitive skills, but how it forms is not entirely clear. Now ...

    Body and Mind December 16, 2020
  • Does a 'recycled' brain region let us read?

    New study adds weight to an evolutionary hypothesis.

    The ability to read sets humans apart from other species, but we’re not completely sure how the brain developed the a...

    Evolution August 5, 2020
  • Understanding how brains fold and misfold

    Study offers new genetic insights into a critical process.

    Australian and Swiss researchers say they have new clues to how a baby’s brain folds as it develops in the womb, a pr...

    Biology July 2, 2020
  • Using games to probe attention deficits

    Australian researchers team up with game developers.

    Hannah Kirk, a developmental neuroscientist at Australia’s Monash University, is paying close attention to attention....

    Body and Mind November 4, 2018
  • Brain development linked to inflammation

    Maternal inflammation linked to brain connectivity.

    Increased inflammation during pregnancy is associated with subtle changes in brain organisation in newborns and a dec...

    Body and Mind April 10, 2018
  • Neanderthal kids grew up differently

    The brains of our extinct cousins grew more slowly than ours.

    Skeleton of the Neanderthal boy recovered from the El Sidrón cave in Asturias, Spain. Credit: Paleoanthropology Group...

    Palaeontology September 21, 2017
  • Babies in the womb can already recognise faces

    Facial recognition is inborn rather than learned?

    The ability of babies to recognise faces develops in the womb rather than after birth, new research from the UK shows...

    Chemistry June 8, 2017
  • Networks form as brains develop

    Impulse control, organisation and decision-making all depend on networks within the brain.

    A rendering of the structural connections in the brain of a 21-year-old male subject. Credit: Penn Medicine As child...

    Biology May 25, 2017
  • Arrested development

    Epileptic encephalopathy is a rare sub-form of epilepsy.

    Credit: Peter McPherson Lab, Montreal Neurological Institute Researchers linked a debilitating neurological disease ...

    Biology December 1, 2016
  • How baby birds learn to sing

    Young finches respond only to song of an adult ‘tutor’.

    As with human speech, a songbird's vocal learning depends on hearing examples in early life. Young birds listen to an...

    Biology June 23, 2016