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Fussy eating habits of children are down to genetics not bad parenting, scientists conclude

Parents of tea-time tearaways can breathe a sigh of relief.<p>The fussy eating habits of children are largely the result of genetics rather than poor parenting, scientists have found.<p>Researchers at University College London studied nearly 2,000 families with twins to tease apart the genetic and …

Three Science-Backed Ways To Influence Other People’s Decisions

If you want to influence others’ decisions, you’ve got to understand the mental shortcuts they use to make them.<p>Your brain takes mental shortcuts all the time in order to make decisions efficiently. Because that takes place unconsciously, we can never fully control these “cognitive biases” that …

The Scientific Reason It's So Hard to Make Yourself Go to the Gym

A Harvard scientist explains the biology behind your laziness.<p>Not only does exercise help you fit into your favorite jeans and maintain your physical fitness, it also improves your mood, decreases stress, and makes you smarter and more creative. In short, breaking a sweat is essentially a wonder …

Physical Education

Scientists followed 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here's what they learned about success

One of the biggest takeaways: Even kids with genius-level IQs need teachers to help them reach their full potential.<p>Since it began in 1971, the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) has tracked 5,000 of the smartest the children in America — the top 1%, 0.1%, and even 0.01% of all …

Duke University

Why Are Babies So Dumb If Humans Are So Smart?

As a species, humans are incredibly smart. We tell stories, create magnificent art and astounding technology, build cities, and explore space. We haven’t been around nearly as long as many other species, but in many respects we’ve accomplished more than any have before us. We eat them and they …

The Best Time of Day to Do Everything, According to Science [Infographic]

Learn the best times of day for everything you do, according to science -- from eating meals and cleaning your apartment to brainstorming and holding …

Science Explains Why Anxiety Can Be So Hard to Treat

Anxiety, and more broadly, stress, is a common part of everyone’s lives, and for good reason: It actually has its roots in a survival mechanism that …

Workplace Strengths: Science Explains What Men Do Best Vs. What Women Do Best

Gender science explains the distinct advantages men and women have in the workplace.<p>Most studies on gender science reveal that differences between men and women in the workplace are mostly learned behaviors. The male and female brain are far more alike than different.<p>But there are social …

Gender

Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to kids' behavioral problems

Acetaminophen, long the mainstay of a pregnant woman's pain-relief arsenal, has been linked to behavioral problems in children born to mothers who used it during pregnancy.<p>Research published Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that a woman's use of acetaminophen at 18 and 32 weeks of …

Acetaminophen

Early brain connections key to reading: Pathways that exist before kids learn to read may determine development of brain's word recognition area

Pathways that exist before kids learn to read may determine development of brain's word recognition area<p>A new study reveals that a brain region …