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Brain Development

Brain Development

Why are humans born with flexible brains? This information sheet answers that question by examining the impact of relationships of neural pathways. It helps us realise that the way we adults treat our babies really matters – because we shape not just our children’s behaviour but also their brains.

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Innate Connection

Do babies really come into the world already connected? This information sheet explains how scientists know that the answer is yes. Babies arrive already able to communicate, already engaging with other people. Such capacities lie at the core of humans’ social nature.

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The Economics of the Early Years

What is the economic case for investing in the early years? This information sheet discusses the evidence being presented by leading economists such as James Heckman, Art Rolnick, and Alan Sinclair. They help us to realise that the return can be £10 or more for every pound invested in the early years.

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Attachment

Why are human beings born so emotionally connected, and why do we carry within us a deep fear of disconnection? Why are human beings born so emotionally connected, and why do we carry within us a deep fear of disconnection? This information sheet explains the core ideas of attachment, using the language of Sabre Tooth…

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Parents’ excitement about neuroscience (5 mins)

What happens you talk to a whole group of parents about what’s going on in their children’s brains? That’s exactly what we explored in Orkney in February 2014. BBC Radio Orkney wanted to make sure that an even wider group of parents and listeners could share in the insights. You can find out what the…

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