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Sugar: High Consumption Affects Learning, Memory

Sugar: High Consumption Affects Learning, Memory

New research shows high sugar consumption early in life affects learning and memory.

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. 

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.

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.

We Hear What We Want to Hear

We Hear What We Want to Hear

New findings on the importance of anticipation in brain organization, specifically in auditory processing.

How Our Brains Know When Something's Different

How Our Brains Know When Something's Different

Scientists discovered how a set of high frequency brain waves may help us unconsciously know when something's different by comparing memories of the past with present experiences.

Strong links between music and math, reading achievement

Strong links between music and math, reading achievement

A music educator thought he could disprove the notion of a link between students’ musical and mathematical achievement. He was wrong.

Reading Through a Visual Dictionary in the Brain

Reading Through a Visual Dictionary in the Brain

Scientists have now identified a crucial region in the temporal lobe, know as the mid-fusiform cortex, which appears to act as the brain's visual dictionary.

Preschoolers Can’t See the Mountains for the Cat

Preschoolers Can’t See the Mountains for the Cat

Even when told to pay attention to the mountain in this photo, preschool children focus so much on the cat that they won’t later recognize the same mountain. Why?

Regular Physical Activity Seems to Enhance Cognition in Children Who Need it Most

Regular Physical Activity Seems to Enhance Cognition in Children Who Need it Most

New research shows that regular physical activity can enhance cognitive functions, especially in those who have the most room for improvement.