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Spotlight: World Book Day

I always loved World Book Day. My primary school encouraged us to dress as our favourite literary characters and used the day to celebrate reading. Even when I reached secondary school, the English department made a commendable effort to foster enthusiasm for the day; I distinctly remember the year that they all dressed as characters […]


The benefits of fur-weather friends in childhood development

A recent analysis suggests that owning a pet in childhood aids in a child’s development. Relationships with others are a key contributor to childhood development, and researchers wanted to find out whether this influence was limited to humans, or whether pets also had a role to play. Studies have shown that children who are not […]

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Traumatic childhood experiences impact brain function

It has long been understood that traumatic events can have a profound and lasting effect on people. Only in recent years, however, has science begun to uncover exactly how these events can impact brain function. In particular, trauma experienced in childhood, during what is perhaps the formative period in a person’s life, often leads to […]