Behavioral Research Blog

How in-home video recordings provide accurate measure and allow for more objective comparisons

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Jun 28, 2016

Who doesn’t know Jo Frost, A.K.A. the Super Nanny [1]? Her television show has aired across Europe, the UK and the US; currently, she  is starring in a Netherlands-based version, where she visits Dutch families. Although I don’t have any kids, I watch this show quite regularly with great interest to see how families function.

This super nanny keeps telling parents that children also have to eat healthy as part of her program to correct poor behavior. Many parents forget how proper nutrition can influence behavior. But many parents then ask: how do we get our kids to eat more fruits and vegetables?

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Topics: The Observer XT, parent-child interaction, Eating behavior, child, child development, health effects

Become and stay aware about children with autism

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Apr 6, 2016

Last week I had a chat with a friend of mine whose eldest son (8 years old) was diagnosed several years ago with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She told me about a conversation she and her husband had with a speech therapist, who explained to them that when someone asks their son a question or tells him something to do, it usually takes 7 seconds before his brain processed this information. Imagine that, 7 seconds – that’s quite a lot. In those 7 seconds many other words can be said or questions can be asked. But for this little boy it means that it is important to speak slowly and give one instruction at a time, or you will likely get little to no response, or only partial task completion.

Become and stay aware about children with autism

When there is a lack of understanding, you don’t realize that he needs this time to see the whole picture. When you have to deal with this over and over again, every single day, you can become very frustrated and annoyed by the child’s seeming failure to understand, or worse, lack of desire to listen.

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Topics: The Observer XT, autism research, parent-child interaction, child, social cognition, ASD, theatre, autism

What if you saw a gigantic wave take away your safe harbor?

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Mar 10, 2016

Losing a close family member, seeing a dead body, being separated from your loved ones, witnessing gigantic waves: these are all traumatic events no one wants to be exposed to. Individuals who witnessed the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake faced at least one, and often more, of these events. Going through such a trauma can result in onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Topics: FaceReader, facial expression analysis, child, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, emotional numbing, facial expression recognition software, PTSD, trauma

Let children design their own playground

Posted by Jacqueline Martinali on Jan 28, 2016

Getting outside, playing, and exercising is essential for healthy child development. It goes without saying that playing outside must be encouraged in children, especially when we realize that an estimated 80 percent of young children don’t exercise enough. The impact of playing outside on the social, motor and emotional development of children and their learning ability is immense. Therefore, it is of interest to researchers to answer the question: what makes the best playground, according to children?

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Topics: The Observer XT, video observation, behavioral research, motor development, child, child development, playing behavior

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