How the brain responds to reward is linked to socioeconomic background
If your brain tells you there’s a high chance you’re going to receive a reward, will it motivate you to collect more rewards? This article looks at how our environment can influence our behavior.
Families will change dramatically over the years to come
This recently published study projects the evolution of human kinship relationships worldwide, and how it will change the shape of families to come.
Workplace culture prevents men from taking paternity leave
Most men are reluctant to take paternity leave because of how their professional world works. Parental leave is accepted for women, but men who take it are seen as violating the norm. Read what the researchers have to say.
How education, work and motherhood shape women's life pathways
This article shows how specific life events, opportunities or constraints can shape later patterns in women's lives.
Family planning and the fear of missing out
The revealing truth of social pressure on couples to have children, that doesn't always have the happy outcome they'd imagined.
Parental pressures are taking the fun out of children's play
“Society today positions parents as the sole engineers in their children’s development".
The effect of Instagram, TikTok on psychological well-being
A flow state is achieved when people are so engrossed in an activity that little else seems to matter and will often continue the activity despite its negative consequences.
Harsh discipline increases risk of children developing lasting mental health problems
Children exposed to ‘hostile’ parenting at age three were 1.5 times likelier to have mental health symptoms which qualified as ‘high risk’ by age nine.
Hunter-gatherer childhoods may offer clues to improving education and wellbeing
Despite increasing uptake of baby carriers and baby massage in developed countries, levels of physical contact with infants remain far higher in hunter-gatherer societies.
More evidence that poverty leads to child abuse and neglect
We can be certain that increased pressures on family life will lead to the risk that more children will be subject to harm, abuse and neglect, unless government and service providers can respond more effectively.
4 in 5 parents say children today aren't as thankful as they should be
Over half of parents are worried that they’re giving their children too much and two in five saying they’re even sometimes “embarrassed by how selfish their child acts.” But most parents want to raise appreciative kids, with three in four saying it’s a high priority to teach their children gratitude.
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