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Visual-Spatial Learning Disorder Is More Common Than Thought

Visual-Spatial Learning Disorder Is More Common Than Thought

Nonverbal learning disability (NVLD), a poorly understood and often-overlooked disorder that causes problems with visual-spatial processing, may affect nearly 3 million children in the United States, making it one of the most common learning disorders.

Naming Guides How 12-Month-Old Infants Encode and Remember Objects

Naming Guides How 12-Month-Old Infants Encode and Remember Objects

Even for infants just beginning to speak their first words, the way an object is named guides infants' encoding, representation and memory for that object, according to new research. Encoding objects in memory and recalling them later is fundamental to human cognition and emerges in infancy. Evidence from a new recognition memory task reveals that as they encode objects, infants are sensitive to a principled link between naming and object representation by 12 months.

What Jigsaw Puzzles Tell Us About Child Development

What Jigsaw Puzzles Tell Us About Child Development

New research shows that children only learn to do jigsaw puzzles once they have reached a certain stage of development. Three-year-olds use trial and error, but four-year-olds are able to use information in the picture to complete the puzzles. The research team say this understanding is the foundation of learning to draw and paint.

Why Some Words May Be More Memorable Than Others

Why Some Words May Be More Memorable Than Others

Results suggest our brains use internet search engine strategies to remember words and memories of past experiences.

A Fair Reward Ensures a Good Memory

A Fair Reward Ensures a Good Memory

By studying the brain’s reward and memory networks, neuroscientists find that memory requires a system of reward delivery. A new finding highly relevant for a variety of learning situations.

Telling Stories Using Rhythmic Gesture Helps Children Improve Oral Skills

Telling Stories Using Rhythmic Gesture Helps Children Improve Oral Skills

For the first time it has been shown that a brief training session with rhythmic gestures has immediate benefits for narrative discourse in children of 5 and 6 years of age.

Enrichment Programs Help Children Build Knowledge

Enrichment Programs Help Children Build Knowledge

New research suggests enrichment programs help children solidify the information they have added to their wall of knowledge and may help prevent summer slide.

Moderate Exercise Can Benefit Memory Performance

Moderate Exercise Can Benefit Memory Performance

Moderate intensity exercise such as brisk walking, water aerobics or cycling can have the most beneficial effect on memory performance.

Testing During Studying Improves Memory and Inference

Testing During Studying Improves Memory and Inference

Learning something new? Take a test! Research shows that taking a test is more effective than other ways of studying when learning and making inferences.

A New Method for Boosting the Learning of Mathematics

A New Method for Boosting the Learning of Mathematics

Researchers oversaw a new system of maths learning whose purpose is to promote the use of arithmetic formulas at an early age. After a year, they observed a leap in students’ performance.

Aerobic exercise improves cognition, even in young adults

Aerobic exercise improves cognition, even in young adults

Aerobic exercise training increases cognitive processes important for reasoning, planning, and problem-solving. 

The ‘Blowfish Effect’: Children Learn New Words Like Adults Do

The ‘Blowfish Effect’: Children Learn New Words Like Adults Do

Even young children know what typical dogs and fish look like — and they apply that knowledge when they hear new words.