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Reading to improve language skills? Focus on fiction rather than non-fiction

Reading to improve language skills? Focus on fiction rather than non-fiction

We all know that reading is good for children and for adults, and that we should all be reading more often. One of the most obvious benefits of reading is that it helps improve language skills. A major review of research on leisure reading confirmed that reading does indeed foster better verbal abilities, from preschoolers all the way to university students. But, does it matter what we read?

‘Living with COVID-19’ must be more than an empty phrase: Individuals need tools to manage BA.2 and future waves

‘Living with COVID-19’ must be more than an empty phrase: Individuals need tools to manage BA.2 and future waves

When Ontario lifted public health protective measures in March, the expectation was that we might see a small but manageable bump in COVID-19 cases. At the same time, Canadians were being told that it was time to learn to “live with COVID.”

Parental socialization may be key to raising trusting children

Parental socialization may be key to raising trusting children

TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2022 – It’s already known that trusting parents will likely produce trusting children, but until now, just how that process worked was unclear. New research out of York University has found the key may be the way parents socialize their children. Over the years, there has been some debate about whether trustful […]

Nurse-education group co-created by York U gets $1.5 million in new funding from Ontario government

Nurse-education group co-created by York U gets $1.5 million in new funding from Ontario government

Group supports education programs for internationally educated nurses, allowing them to become registered in the province. TORONTO, March 3, 2022 — A $1.5-million funding boost from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, will support the University-led Ontario Internationally Educated Nurses Course Consortium (OIENCC) in updating its successful competency-bridging program of study for internationally […]

Paving paradise: putting up parking lots put bumblebees at risk in Toronto

Paving paradise: putting up parking lots put bumblebees at risk in Toronto

Bees in the 6ix need more functional green space, say researchers TORONTO, March 21, 2022 – “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot.” Written and sung by Joni Mitchell in the 1970s, those lyrics still hold true today as pavement and concrete structures squeeze out Toronto’s native bumblebees, say York University researchers in a […]

Earth Day experts: climate risks and what people can do before it’s too late?

Earth Day experts: climate risks and what people can do before it’s too late?

TORONTO, April 20, 2022 – This year’s Earth Day follows the publication of three reports by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which highlight the need for governments, businesses and communities to make changes now before it’s too late. This year’s Earth Day theme, Invest in Our Planet, is a call for action. […]

York U professor co-authors first-ever academic book on perfectionism in young people

York U professor co-authors first-ever academic book on perfectionism in young people

Perfectionism in Childhood and Adolescence: A Developmental Approach builds on 30 years of research in a field that the authors helped pioneer TORONTO, March 8, 2022 — When a person self-describes as a “perfectionist,” we might assume they mean they have an exacting personality, one who sets and pursues high standards. But perfectionism can also […]