Quite often you hear people say that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is key for planning, and that because of the different way the PFC works with adolescents is the reason they often are bad at planning. But maybe we need to change the textbooks, because as always it’s a bit more complicated than that. Cue… Read More Is planning only related to the prefrontal cortex? No!
This is a very interesting new Dutch study by Wieringa et al with an even more interesting conclusion: In conclusion, the results of this study do not support the hypothesis of sex difference in cortical development trajectories. The only structure showing a sex difference in cortical maturation did not relate to sex differences in cognition.… Read More Brains of girls and boys develop more alike than previously thought, so cognitive differences are probably more nurture than nature
This is something that I heard many times: having a higher level of education may protect the brain to some extent against dementia. Yeah! But wait, a new study sheds a big shadow on this idea making at least everything really more complicated. From the press release: Previous studies have suggested that having a higher… Read More Education and dementia, it’s more complicated
The past week I read several replication studies with mixed results: The good news, most research on personality, more specific The Big Five, replicates! Check the pre-print or this BPS Digest. Is the pen mightier than the keyboard for taking notes. It is a study that I’ve mentioned quite a lot before, but the replication now… Read More A week in replication, some failed, some successful: Big Five, note taking and stereotype threats
I have been reading a lot lately and there is something I need to share. It’s an older study by Daniel Oppenheimer, but it seems a lot of the authors didn’t hear about it yet. The title of the study? Consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity. Oh you, didn’t get that? The subtitle… Read More Stop using long words to look smart or thrustworthy
Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you but a new study shows that the time parents spend with children can be key to academic success. But wait… it can be more complicated than that because they found a quite distinct way to measure this: the researchers analyzed data on children in Israel who lost a… Read More This post may cause stress for many parents, do be warned