Doll Play Activates Brain Regions Associated with Empathy and Social Skills
[Source: Medical X-Press]
A team of researchers from Cardiff University has used neuroscience for the first time to explore the impact doll play has on children.
In an 18-month study, the team monitored the brain activity of 33 children, aged between four and eight, as they played with dolls.
They found that doll play activated parts of the brain that allow children to develop empathy and social information processing skills, even when they were playing alone. Furthermore, they saw far less activation of this part of the brain when the children played with tablet computers on their own.
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