Children with emotionally invested parents are more likely to be successfull, a study shows.
Looking at 27 children aged between four and six, the study examined the quality of the emotional bond to their parents, and their cognitive control including: resisting temptation, their ability to remember things, and whether they are shy or withdrawn.
The study involved a combination of questionnaires, behavioral tasks and electrophysiological measurements.
The findings, according to Dr Schneider-Hassloff: "support developmental theories which propose that a high emotional quality in the mother-child interaction (attachment security) fosters the cognitive development of the child."
The researchers looked at the quality of the emotional bond -- referred to as emotional availability (EA) -- between mothers and children. Second, the children's executive functions were measured through a number of exercises.