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No Magic Number for Time It Takes to Form Habits

No Magic Number for Time It Takes to Form Habits

"You may have heard that it takes about 21 days to form a habit, but that estimate was not based on any science."

How The Instinct to Explore Helps The Brain Learn

How The Instinct to Explore Helps The Brain Learn

How an instinct to explore helps animals learn to map their environment.

Solving a Tough Problem? Kids Use the Same Brain Network as Adults

Solving a Tough Problem? Kids Use the Same Brain Network as Adults

When kids face tough problems -- like math -- they rely on the same brain network as adults.

Robot Helps Students with Learning Disabilities Stay Focused

Robot Helps Students with Learning Disabilities Stay Focused

Engineering researchers are successfully using a robot to help keep children with learning disabilities focused on their work.

Forgetting is Natural, But These Two Techniques Can Slow it Down

Forgetting is Natural, But These Two Techniques Can Slow it Down

Researchers find that using two well-known techniques together offer drastic changes in learning effectiveness.

What Your Gaze Reveals: Attention, Processing and More

What Your Gaze Reveals: Attention, Processing and More

Eye movements during tasks provide information about what the person is currently occupied with and what goals are being pursued within the task.

How Students Determine If They're a “Math Person” or “Reading Person”

How Students Determine If They're a “Math Person” or “Reading Person”

As students progress through their K-12 years they become more likely to engage in comparisons to determine whether they are either a “math person” or a “reading person.” 

How Too Much Motivation Can Affect Decision Making

How Too Much Motivation Can Affect Decision Making

Researchers reveal why a level of motivation that is too high or too low can affect our perception and therefore our choices.

Can ‘Random Noise’ Unlock Our Learning Potential?

Can ‘Random Noise’ Unlock Our Learning Potential?

Though many of us may seek a quiet place in which to study, ‘noise’ may play a key role in helping some people improve their learning potential.

Learning to Enjoy Cognitive Effort

Learning to Enjoy Cognitive Effort

Researchers challenge a common assumption and find that challenging cognitive activities can be experienced as rewarding and valuable.

Got Rhythm? This Type of Music Boosts Brain Performance

Got Rhythm? This Type of Music Boosts Brain Performance

Listening to these types of songs during an activity helped participants focus attention and multitask, especially those who have good rhythm.

How Kids Problem Solve in New, Creative Ways (And Why You Should Encourage It)

How Kids Problem Solve in New, Creative Ways (And Why You Should Encourage It)

A new study shows that kids broader attentional focus can also prove to be an advantage to finding new, creative ways of problem solving.