In the News
This week, the DEA database that tracks pain pills sold in the United States was made public for the first time by the Washington Post. The data tracks almost 380 million transactions made in the U.S. between 2006 and 2012, and the Post breaks it down to the state and county level. Here’s the data on North Carolina:
A new study in the journal Frontiers for Psychology contributes to a body of research showing that toddlers do not learn as well from video as from human interaction. The study comes at a time when more parents are putting their kids in front of screens to help them learn earlier and earlier.
What’s unique about this study is that it focused on new word learning from in-person interactions as compared to video chat interactions. Despite the fact that the adult in the video could provide clues and be responsive to the children, the researchers found that the toddlers in the study were more likely to learn new words when someone was teaching them in person as compared to on a video chat.
One drawback of this study is it only looked at 176 toddlers in one city, 95% of whom were white.
While we were out
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