Getting Inside Kids' Brains

Do those violin lessons improve your child’s brain development? What about sports and sleep?

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from 21 institutions are looking to answer these questions once and for all with a massive data hive showing how a range of behaviors affect child brain development.

Researchers will track 11,500 recruits aged 9 or 10 for a decade, sampling saliva to measure hormone levels and performing MRI brain scans.

Drawing distinctions between urban and suburban children, those of different ethnicities, genders or income levels, the all-purpose data set may inform education, parenting and public policy.

The Baltimore Sun

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