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-Universität Bochum. From the… Read More Stressful experiences are usually remembered more easily than neutral experiences, but why?
I really like the concept of pay it forward, and this study published last summer shows that the concept also is the link between secure family relationships and having empathy for friends as a teen. Do note: I wrote the link, not the causal link as the study doesn’t allow to draw this kind of… Read More “Pay it forward” (about friendships between teenagers)
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.
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?
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
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
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?
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!
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
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