Stressful experiences are usually remembered more easily than neutral experiences, but why?

Your head is spinning, you feel the adrenaline, the situation is tense and… you’ll probably remember this for a long time. When the brain stores memories of objects, it creates a characteristic pattern of activity for each of them. Stress changes such memory traces shows a new paper by researchers at Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum. From the… Read More Stressful experiences are usually remembered more easily than neutral experiences, but why?

Another benefit of having a sense of purpose in life? A better memory.

We’ve known for a while that being depressed is often linked to a less optimal operating of the working memory. This study takes a more positive route and shows a link between an individual’s sense of purpose and their ability to recall vivid details. From the press release: The researchers found that while both a… Read More Another benefit of having a sense of purpose in life? A better memory.

Does the impact of socioeconomic (SES) on children’s test scores increase as children grow older?

The very first words of this new study by Marks & O’Connell, published in Intelligence are a very clear question: Does the impact of socioeconomic (SES) on children’s test scores increase as children grow older? This is such an important issue, as we often have learned that there is a Matthew effect in place, making… Read More Does the impact of socioeconomic (SES) on children’s test scores increase as children grow older?

Extra spacing can boost the reading speed for both dyslexic and non-dyslexic children

How important is spacing between the letters when you read? I bet this isn’t a question you have asked yourself that often? This new study has found that a child’s reading speed can be improved by simply increasing the space between letters within a piece of text. The study discovered that text with increased space… Read More Extra spacing can boost the reading speed for both dyslexic and non-dyslexic children

The effect of seeing others hesitate: it gets easier to break from the herd

Everybody says A, you think B, but you are afraid to say it. But luckily you see somebody else hesitate. This convinces you to say B. If I write it down like this, it does sound logical what this new study has discovered. From the press release: Researchers found that when people saw others in… Read More The effect of seeing others hesitate: it gets easier to break from the herd

Are we born with communication skills?

Baby’s start communicating very fast, and the oldest question in the book seems to be: is this nature or nurture. Quite often it’s both, but where lies the starting point? A neuroscientist and speech pathologist led a study that uncovered how neural networks in infants influence their language learning skills in early childhood suggesting that… Read More Are we born with communication skills?

Are you retired? Keep using the internet!

This study still only shows a correlation, although the researchers try to go a long way to eliminate other possible explanations: using the internet during your retirement years can be linked to your cognitive functions! From the press release: Researchers from Lancaster University Management School, the Norwegian University Science and Technology and Trinity College Dublin… Read More Are you retired? Keep using the internet!

How a kindness assignment in an undergraduate course impacted student perceptions of themselves, their peers and their campus

Hurray, my students are coming back to the campus this week. Next week I’ll be teaching again on campus. At the same time, we know that there are still a lot of students who aren’t feeling that ok. Maybe it’s true and a small act of kindness can go a long way? This study does… Read More How a kindness assignment in an undergraduate course impacted student perceptions of themselves, their peers and their campus

We know the uncertainty of our working memory and use it to make decisions

This study is rather interesting than practical, but I think everything concerning our working memory is fascinating. What the researchers discovered is that the human brain regions responsible for our working memory content are also used to gauge the quality, or uncertainty, of memories. From the press release: The human brain regions responsible for working… Read More We know the uncertainty of our working memory and use it to make decisions