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Strategies informed by neuroscience to improve memory

October 28, 2021 11:00 am
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A news article summarizes results from three neuroscientific research papers that provide evidence-based strategies to enhance memory consolidation.  The first paper suggests that if you would like to enhance your memory for prospective events or information, start asking yourself whether... View Article

Learning motivation and an aging brain

October 27, 2020 11:38 pm
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In a recent McGovern Institute study described in an article by Anne Trafton, researchers have identified the brain circuit that is responsible for maintaining the motivation to learn new things or engage in daily activities. The circuit was specifically involved... View Article

Neuroplasticity involves more than just neurons

July 30, 2020 11:00 am
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Neuroscientist Nathan Michaels makes the analogy that brains are like machines. In this article, he states that all machines are made of a combination of structural elements that work together to produce a specific function. Machines also require inputs in... View Article

Want better grades? Get better sleep

October 1, 2019 11:00 am
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Many college students are given the advice of “a good night’s sleep” when aiming for a good grade on a test. But researchers at MIT have found that the consistency of quality sleep matters more for academic achievement than just... View Article

Technology in 2019 according to Asimov

December 27, 2018 11:00 am
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On New Years Eve, 1983, Isaac Asimov wrote about his prediction of the state of the world and technology in the year 2019. Now that we have reached 2019, it is worth reflecting on his predictions. Some of Asimov’s most... View Article

The neuroscientific mystery of hyperpolyglots

September 1, 2018 11:00 am
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Two decades ago, British linguist Richard Hudson defined hyperpolyglots as people who are fluent in at least 11 languages. Hyperpolyglots are rare but have existed for centuries, and neuroscientists are trying to understand the nuances that set them apart from... View Article

The underpinnings of human cognition remain mostly a mystery. Despite the advancement of tools and technology in neuroscience, our understanding of the brain and its functions is pretty superficial. Part of the problem lies in how we describe neuroscientific phenomena.... View Article

How your brain learns by paying attention

January 18, 2017 11:00 am
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Researchers at Princeton University explored the relationship between attention and learning during decision making in a study using eye tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).  The findings of Leong and colleagues could contribute to the world of education and... View Article

US PISA 2013

December 18, 2013 6:00 pm
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According to an EdSurge article by Esther Wojcicki, the US spends more per student ($7,743) than other OECD nations, yet has fallen badly in the most recent PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test scores, released on December 3, 2013: “US students slipped... View Article