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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Losing Half a Night of Sleep Makes Memories Less Accessible in Stressful Situations

July 13, 2015 — It is known that sleep facilitates the formation of long-term memory in humans. Researchers now show that sleep does not only help form long-term memory but also ensures access to it during times of ... read more

Learning Impacts How the Brain Processes What We See

July 13, 2015 — From the smell of flowers to the taste of wine, our perception is strongly influenced by prior knowledge and expectations, a cognitive process known as top-down control. Neuroscientists and ... read more

Teaching Reflection to Doctors to Improve Physician-Patient Interactions

July 13, 2015 — The results of a year-long project have been released in which medical residents reflected on their interactions with patients as a way of understanding the meaning of both their patient's, and ... read more

Call for Breastfeeding Guidance for Babies With Down's Syndrome

July 9, 2015 — Despite compelling evidence about the benefits of breastfeeding, little is known about the breastfeeding experiences of mothers of infants with Down's syndrome. In the UK, clinical commissioning ... read more

Learning Categorical Information Gives Children a Feeling of Deja Vu

July 8, 2015 — During development, children must learn both broad facts about the world (that dogs have four legs, for example) and information that is more specific (that the family dog is scared of snow). While ... read more

Smartphones May Be Detrimental to Learning Process

July 7, 2015 — A yearlong study of first-time smartphone users has found that users felt smartphones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn. The research reveals the self-rated impact of smartphones ... read more

July 7, 2015 — A researcher is disputing recent findings that the human nose is capable of distinguishing at least 1 trillion odors. He says the data used in a 2014 study published in Science does not support this ... read more

Age-Related Cognitive Decline Tied to Immune-System Molecule

July 6, 2015 — A blood-borne molecule that increases in abundance as we age blocks regeneration of brain cells and promotes cognitive decline, new research shows. The molecule in question, known as beta-2 ... read more

Emotion Knowledge Fosters Attentiveness

July 6, 2015 — Young children, who possess a good understanding of their own emotions and of those of their fellow human beings early on, suffer fewer attention problems than their peers with a lower emotional ... read more

Sharing Knowledge Positively Impacts Innovation in Retail

July 2, 2015 — A new study finds that a retail store should share customer service experiences with other units in the same chain to have more innovative behavior in its own ... read more

Simple Classroom Measures May Reduce the Impact of ADHD

July 1, 2015 — A systematic review has concluded that non-drug interventions in schools may be effective in improving outcomes such as performance in standardized tests for children with ADHD. However, the research ... read more

Helping Students Stick With Online Courses

July 1, 2015 — Researchers showed that a dropout-prediction model trained on data from one offering of a course can help predict which students will stop out of the next ... read more

July 1, 2015 — In the first study of its kind researchers found that neurons in a specific brain region play a key role in rapidly forming memories about every day events, a finding that may result in a better ... read more

Extracurricular Sports Produce Disciplined Preteens

July 1, 2015 — Regular, structured extracurricular sports seem to help kids develop the discipline they need in order to engage effectively in the classroom, according to a new ... read more

Innovative Imaging Study Shows That the Spinal Cord Learns on Its Own

June 30, 2015 — The spinal cord engages in its own learning of motor tasks independent of the brain, according to an innovative imaging study. The results of the study may offer new opportunities for rehabilitation ... read more

Sialic Acid: Key to Unlocking Brain Disorders

June 30, 2015 — A common molecule found in higher animals, including humans, affects brain structure, researchers report. They found that mice that had altered sialic acid attachment had significant neurological ... read more

Small RNAs Found to Play Important Roles in Memory Formation

June 30, 2015 — A type of genetic material called “microRNA” plays surprisingly different roles in the formation of memory in animal models, researchers have found. In some cases, these RNAs increase memory, ... read more

Computer Learning System Detects Emotional Context in Text Messages

June 29, 2015 — A student has developed a computerized learning system that can detect emotional sentiments, such as sarcasm and irony, in text messages and emails. It could help detect content that suggests ... read more

Tests Vs. Fests: Students in 'Learning Celebrations' Rather Than Exams Scored Higher and Enjoyed Themselves

June 25, 2015 — A sociologist who reshaped "test day" in his class -- transforming it with balloons, streamers, treats and music -- found that students in "learning celebrations" scored higher ... read more

Writing Program With Student Interaction Creates Sense of Purpose for Seniors

June 25, 2015 — A unique program combining a life review writing workshop with conversations between seniors and college students enhances the sense of meaning in life for older adults living independently, finds a ... read more

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