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Briefing paper

Executive functions: a crucial but overlooked factor for lifelong wellbeing

The document overs the crucial role of executive functions in helping us live well and contribute to wider society.
Briefing paper

Improving mask use to reduce COVID-19 transmission

The document presents the most up-to-date research on medical masks, cloth masks and N95 respirator masks, and suggests that New Zealand needs improved mask-wearing guidelines to best protect ourselves against highly transmissible variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Briefing paper

Screen time: the effects on children’s emotional, social, and cognitive development

The document explores the evidence on how screen time affects children’s socio-emotional and cognitive development.
Report

Intergenerational disadvantage: why maternal mental health matters

This paper analyses and synthesises new research linking a mother’s prenatal mental health to the child’s brain development, and shows how this ties into the problem of intergenerational disadvantage in New Zealand.
Report

Methamphetamine contamination in residential properties: exposures, risk levels, and interpretation of standards

The extensive publicity surrounding methamphetamine contamination, along with exaggerated claims about the health risks posed by living in dwellings where residues of the drug can be detected, has led to considerable concern especially amongst tenants, landlords, and potential home buyers and property investors.