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Exercise increases brain size, new research finds

Exercise increases brain size, new research finds

Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans had been inconsistent.

How Do NeuroNet's Online Nanodegrees for Therapists Work?

How Do NeuroNet's Online Nanodegrees for Therapists Work?

How do NeuroNet's online Nanodegrees work for therapists? This post provides an overview of one of NeuroNet's software programs as well the online course experience for therapists.

Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report

Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report

Children with reading difficulties should be more thoroughly screened for hearing problems, a new report by Coventry University academics has said.

Study Reads Between the Lines in Children's Vocabulary Differences

Study Reads Between the Lines in Children's Vocabulary Differences

new study from the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas found these differences in vocabulary growth among grade school children of different socioeconomic statuses are likely related to differences in the process of word learning.

Insight into how infants learn to walk

Insight into how infants learn to walk

Ten-week-old babies can learn from practicing walking months before they begin walking themselves say researchers

‘Mind’s eye blink’ proves ‘paying attention’ is not just a figure of speech

‘Mind’s eye blink’ proves ‘paying attention’ is not just a figure of speech

When your attention shifts from one place to another, your brain blinks. The blinks are momentary unconscious gaps in visual perception and came as a surprise to the team of Vanderbilt psychologists who discovered the phenomenon while studying the benefits of attention

 

Car, stroller, juice: Babies understand when words are related

Car, stroller, juice: Babies understand when words are related

The meaning behind infants’ screeches, squeals and wails may frustrate and confound sleep-deprived new parents. But at an age when babies cannot yet speak to us in words, they are already avid students of language.

Brain activity buffers against worsening anxiety

Brain activity buffers against worsening anxiety

Boosting activity in brain areas related to thinking and problem-solving may also buffer against worsening anxiety, suggests a new study by Duke University researchers.

Farsighted children struggle with attention

Farsighted children struggle with attention

Farsighted preschoolers and kindergartners have a harder time paying attention and that could put them at risk of slipping behind in school, a new study suggests.

Researcher sheds new light on how brain operates like GPS

Researcher sheds new light on how brain operates like GPS

“We have not had a clear understanding of what happens when you step out of a subway tunnel, take in your surroundings and have that moment where you instantly know where you are,” Wilber said. “Now we’re getting closer to understanding that.”

 

Boost Your Preschoolers' Memory Skills

Boost Your Preschoolers' Memory Skills

The Aleutian Islands are part of the state of Alaska. Many adults who read this little known fact may not be able to recall it later. Now, imagine asking 4- and 5-year-olds to learn and retain it. That’s exactly what researchers required of preschoolers in a new study exploring interactive learning and children’s memory.

 

Guided Play: Learning "Takes Shape" in Preschool

Guided Play: Learning "Takes Shape" in Preschool

Guided play, or discovery learning, is an inquiry-based teaching method where teachers are coaches who create interest-driven experiences. In this study, guided play improved preschoolers ability to learn geometric shapes -- an essential component to school readiness-- over other types of instruction.