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Researchers look at how mothers support their babies’ autonomy and the effect on executive functioning

Higher are found in the children of mothers who are consistently able to support the development of their baby’s sense of , according to a study led by researchers at the .

Autonomous Tots Have Higher Cognitive Skills
Higher cognitive skills are found in the children of mothers who are consistently able to support the development of their baby’s sense of autonomy, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Montreal. The researchers specifically looked at , which refers to a range of cognitive processes that are essential for cognitive, social and psychological functioning.
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About this study: This research was supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fonds de la Recherche du Québec – Santé, and Fonds de la Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture. The University of Montreal is officially known as Université de Montréal.

Stability in Maternal Autonomy Support and Child Executive Functioning, Célia Matte-Gagné, Annie Bernier, Gabrielle Lalonde, Journal of Child and Family Studies, DOI: 10.1007/s10826-014-0063-9, published 5 November 2015.

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