We blame teen turmoil on immature brains. But did the brains cause the turmoil, or did the turmoil shape the brains?
When do babies recognize the intentions of others--and become capable of deliberate actions themselves?
On the way to learning that one thing can represent another, young children often conflate the real item and its symbol. These errors show how difficult it is to start thinking symbolically
With special training early in life, children born with Down syndrome have a higher chance of developing into independent individuals
With the decision-making areas of their brains still developing, teenagers show poor judgment in risky situations. Thinking less logically may be the answer.
New techniques could diagnose autism in babies, enabling more effective treatment while the brain is most malleable
Computer games for mental workouts
Studies of the mirror neuron system may reveal clues to the causes of autism and help researchers develop new ways to diagnose and treat the disorder.
In infants, Elizabeth Spelke finds fundamental insights into how men and women think