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Child Development

Video-Enhanced Lesson

The Developing Child: Lesson Overview

Using segments from the PBS program: The Human Spark, students learn about the changes that occur in children as they grow. (Grades 9-12)

Jun 18th, 2010 | Comments Off

Video Excerpt: Social Networks and the Spark

Alan Alda finds out how human social networks compare to those of chimps and watches babies pick cooperative puppets over those that won't play.

Jan 17th, 2010 | 6 comments

Video Excerpt: Kermit Loves a Bucket

Cognitive psychologist Elizabeth Spelke tests the representational thinking skills of children by asking them to relate a map to the real world.

Jan 16th, 2010 | Comments Off

Full Episode

Program Two: So Human, So Chimp: Video: Full Episode

Alan Alda explores how much humans and chimps have in common, and what sets us apart. Watch the full episode now.

Jan 12th, 2010 | 35 comments

Interactive

Interactive: Highlights from the Human Spark

Scroll through this interactive feature to learn a bit about some of the evidence Alan examined as well as some of the current debates in the field.

Jan 6th, 2010 | 11 comments

Program Two: So Human, So Chimp: Video Excerpt: Chimps vs. Children

Alan Alda finds out how children will help—and like it, while chimps are less inclined to offer enthusiastic assistance.

Dec 30th, 2009 | 1 comment

In the News

In the News: Counting Without Numbers

One of the earliest things American children are taught is how to count items out loud. But how much do we understand about numbers before we learn this vocabulary?

Dec 23rd, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Photos: Behind the Scenes at the Brain Development Lab

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from our day filming with Helen Neville and colleagues at the Brain Development Lab at the University of Oregon.

Sep 22nd, 2008 | 1 comment

In the News

In the News: Number Approximation: Go with Your Gut!

New research shows that humans' instinctual and symbolic number systems may be more closely related than was previously thought. Test your own approximation skills!

Sep 18th, 2008 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: The Big Red Button

Graham Chedd tells the story of what happened at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, where researchers were examining Neanderthal teeth with a high-power x-ray.

Jul 7th, 2008 | Comments Off
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