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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.

Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness

Before-school physical activity program helps improve body weight and overall wellness

Children participating in a 12-week, before-school physical activity program experienced improvement in body weight and social/emotional wellness, compared with their classmates who did not participate. 

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

Intervention offered in kindergarten readiness program boosts children’s self-regulation skills

Intervention offered in kindergarten readiness program boosts children’s self-regulation skills

Adding a daily 20 to 30 minute self-regulation intervention to a kindergarten readiness program significantly boosted children’s self-regulation and early academic skills, an Oregon State University researcher has found.

How Dance Can Help Students in STEM Disciplines

How Dance Can Help Students in STEM Disciplines

A proof-of-concept study at North Carolina State University finds that participation in dance programs helps students – including those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines – develop skills such as creativity and persistence that benefited them in the classroom and beyond.

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.”

 

How Important Are Genetics in Learning?

How Important Are Genetics in Learning?

Researchers have found that genetics significantly affect learning abilities. That's not to say, however, that academic achievement is entirely pre-determined. Learning environment does have an important effect on test scores, and possibly even more so in some cases.

 

Need Inspiration? Get Moving!

Need Inspiration? Get Moving!

Have you ever hit a creative roadblock? Exercise might be the answer to overcoming mental blocks, according to a new study.

 

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.

 

Dramatic Play: Little Actors, Big Results

Dramatic Play: Little Actors, Big Results

There's a concept first brought to light decades ago, but still very relevant in education today: How do students' past experiences impact their current understanding? How can educators create experiences to engage students and enhance learning? One teacher found answers in dramatic play.

 

Building Brain Habits: Sharing Chores

Building Brain Habits: Sharing Chores

A teacher of mine once commented, "language begins with the idea in the mind of the child."  I have never forgotten the truth of that moment.