Kids Video Game Playing Improves Their Minds

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It is a Saturday afternoon and the house is quiet except for the flicker of electronic screens as two children are immersed in playing separate video games. If left undisturbed, the children may still be playing several hours later. Many parents are concerned about their children playing video games for so long and the potential harm that could result. While setting limits on the amount…

What Happens When Kids Are Sleeping?

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents start slowly closing the bedroom door and say, “Good night. Have sweet dreams” to their children. A little while later they look into the bedroom and see both of their children looking peaceful and sleeping soundly. While most parents know that their children need to get a good night’s rest, they may not realize that children’s sleep is not as relaxing as it…

Changes that Occur in Teens’ Cognition

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It seems to happen almost overnight. One day parents are sitting down helping their child learn to read and do basic math problems. The next day, the child is explaining to her parents how to do algebra and the finer points of the scientific process. Something has obviously changed but what exactly has changed regarding adolescent cognition is more of a mystery. Underlying adolescent changes in…