Around the Web has to sit at the kids’ table this holiday. And to mark the occasion here’s a special Christmas song from my family to yours. As I head home to Texas I reflect on how kinship is an amazing thing. Let’s just say kids, through their own magic, give holidays a new meaning.
- The International Culture and Cognition blog reports on ultrasonography research which argues that, in utereo, twins show actions directed at their co-twin, furthering debate on whether human tendencies towards social interaction are present even before birth.
- The Hero Twins: Against the Lords of Death, a comic book based on Mayan mythology
Kids say the darndest things
- Society for Linguistic Anthropology links to two NYT artices, one on the latest research on baby babbling the other testing whether very young children can understand irony.
- Language Log responds to a NYT piece on linguist Deborah Tannen’s current research on why having a sister makes you happy.
- Time reports on recent psychological research that shows a direct relationship between affection given to very young children and the display of kindness by those chidlren later in life.
- Slate emplores you to make sure those kiddie get plenty of playtime on their tummies. “A growing body of evidence now suggests that the timing of the motor-skill milestones that precede walking is crucial and can even factor into long-term health and cognitive ability.”
- Sociological Images questions whether boys receive less sex education than girls.
- Here’s a program that seems ripe for anthropological study: bringing babies into the classroom to teach teens compassion.
- Somatosphere reviews the latest issue of Transcultural Psychiatry a special issue on “Child and community mental health in cultural perspective.”
- Mind Hacks reveals that a major textbook for doctors on treating mental illness in children authored by two prominent psychologists was, in fact, ghost written. By a drug company.
- A new documentary, “No Woman, No Cry”, focuses on the difficulties pregnant women face in acquiring quality health-care in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and the United States.
- Anthropologist Bambi Chapin has co-edited a special issue of the journal Ethos on “Mothering as everyday practice”
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