Is Motivation Found In The Posterior Cingulate Cortex? This Brain Region Keeps You Going When Learning Is Tough

By | Wed, 12/18/2013 - 13:33

Duke researchers discovered that the posterior cingulate cortex is necessary to monitor your performance and maintain your motivation when you are learning, particularly when you are most challenged.


Do Babies Really Learn Through Imitation?

By | Wed, 10/30/2013 - 17:54

A new study provides the first evidence that babies do indeed learn by imitation — the brain processes involved were only proven in adults until recently.

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How More Belly Fat Is Linked To Dementia

By | Wed, 10/16/2013 - 21:52

Obesity has been linked to age-related illness, such as Alzheimer's before, but how? Researchers have discovered that it could have something to do with a protein that metabolizes fat and aids in memory and learning.

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Babies Begin Learning Language In The Womb; Remember Words After Birth

By | Mon, 08/26/2013 - 20:36

Babies exposed to three syllable sounds while still in the womb were able to remember them after birth, showing that language learning begins long before day one.

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Atomic Bomb Residue Confirms Adults Make New Brain Cells

By | Thu, 06/06/2013 - 12:24

Nuclear testing from the 1960s helps scientist determine whether adult brains generate new neurons.

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How Video Games Can Help Children Succeed In School

By | Fri, 05/24/2013 - 15:19

Research suggests the surprising benefits of video games in teaching children valuable skills like problem solving and leadership.

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Scientists Tweak Brain to Increase Mouse Lifespan By 20%

By | Wed, 05/01/2013 - 15:18

By blocking a certain protein, scientists were able to give mice longer lives and kept their brains in cognitive shape.

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Tonal Language Speakers Have an Advantage in Musical Learning, Pitch Training

By | Wed, 04/03/2013 - 00:57

Tonal language speakers hear musical pitch more finely than English speakers- consider raising your children in Cantonese if you want them to become multi-instrumentalists.

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Your Brain on Sesame Street: Program Reveals How Minds Learn

By | Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:35

Researchers are harnessing Sesame Street in order to study how brains are shaped.


New Study Explains Why Girls Do Better at School

By | Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:28

The variation in school grades between boys and girls may be because girls have better attitude toward learning than boys.

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If You Can't Do Math, Try Harder: Motivation, Not Intelligence, Determines Mathematical Skill

By | Fri, 12/21/2012 - 10:16

It's not how smart you are but how hard you try that determines how well you do on a math test.

Lower Attention, Not Depression, Lowers School Grades

By | Thu, 11/29/2012 - 17:36

Lower grades at school might have an association with teenage behavior problems like delinquency or lower attention levels, rather than depression.

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Good Sleep Linked to Improved Vocabulary in Children

By | Wed, 11/28/2012 - 11:06

Children who get good sleep at night are more likely to have good vocabulary as they can learn and retain new words better than kids who don't get enough sleep.

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'Star Trek' Classrooms Help Children With Math

By | Sat, 11/24/2012 - 10:52

Researchers say that multi-touch, multi-user desks can help improve children's math skills.

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Smoking During Pregnancy Affects Kids' Reading Abilities

By | Mon, 11/19/2012 - 16:20

A Yale University study has found that children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy have poor reading abilities.