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Why Our Brains Miss Opportunities to Improve Through Subtraction

Why Our Brains Miss Opportunities to Improve Through Subtraction

A new study explains why people rarely look at a situation, object or idea that needs improving -- in all kinds of contexts -- and think to remove something as a solution. Instead, we almost always add some element, whether it helps or not.

Puzzle Games Can Improve Mental Flexibility

Puzzle Games Can Improve Mental Flexibility

Puzzle video games show broad improvement to executive functions, which are important for general intelligence, dealing with new situations and managing multitasking.

Puzzle Play Helps Boost Math Skills 

Puzzle Play Helps Boost Math Skills 

Researchers have found that children who played with puzzles at a young age later perform better on tasks utilizing spatial skills.

Paper Notebooks vs. Mobile Devices

Paper Notebooks vs. Mobile Devices

Unique, complex information in analog methods likely gives brain more details to trigger memory.

Solving the Screen Time Puzzle

Solving the Screen Time Puzzle

Contradictory to previous findings, children who learn how to solve a puzzle using a touchscreen can then apply this learning to the same puzzle in the physical world. 

Read to Succeed -- in Math

Read to Succeed -- in Math

He tried to identify dyslexia based on how the brain is wired for reading. Instead he found that the way the brain is wired for reading is actually influencing math ability.

Infants Capable of Complex Babble May Grow into Stronger Readers

Infants Capable of Complex Babble May Grow into Stronger Readers

Infants' early speech production may predict their later literacy, according to a study from Florida State University.

New Experiences Enhance Learning by Resetting Key Brain Circuit

New Experiences Enhance Learning by Resetting Key Brain Circuit

A study of spatial learning in mice shows that exposure to new experiences dampens established representations in the brain’s hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, allowing the mice to learn new navigation strategies.

Sport May Fast-Track Numeracy Skills for Indigenous Children

Sport May Fast-Track Numeracy Skills for Indigenous Children

Greater sports participation is linked with better academic performance, according to new research from the University of South Australia.

Blink! The Link Between Aerobic Fitness and Cognition

Blink! The Link Between Aerobic Fitness and Cognition

Researchers have found evidence that spontaneous eye blink activity, which reflects activity in the dopaminergic system, explains the connection between fitness and cognitive function.

Kids' Physical Fitness is More Important Than BMI

Kids' Physical Fitness is More Important Than BMI

Weight loss shouldn’t be the goal of PE new study shows.

Clumsy Kids Can Be Fit Too

Clumsy Kids Can Be Fit Too

Clumsy kids can be as aerobically fit as their peers with better motor skills, a new Finnish study shows.