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All posts by Henk du Plessis

15

Feb'17

Brain Study: Motor Cortex Contributes to Word Comprehension

New research suggest that language-specialised brain areas work in constant interaction with areas known to support other cognitive processes, such as perception and action.

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15

Feb'17

Pret met Papierpoppe

Papierpoppe is so oud as wat papier is, miskien honderde jare of selfs duisende jare, as sommige skattings waar is. Die grootste Amerikaanse vervaardiger van papierpoppe, McLoughlin Brothers, is gestig in die vroeë 1800’s en is in 1920 verkoop aan Milton Bradley... Klik op die papierpoppe van jou keuse en druk vir ure se kreatiewe spel!

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13

Feb'17

Vra vir Susan: Die Belangrikheid van Lees

Lees is die belangrikste vaardigheid wat ‘n kind op skool moet verwerf, want hy leer om te lees met ‘n bepaalde doel voor oë: sodat hy kan lees om te leer. Om behoorlik te kan lees, is dus die grondslag van, of voorvereiste vir, leersukses op skool en...

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08

Feb'17

Naps May Help Pre-schoolers Learn, Study Finds

Research has shown that naps play an important role in sustaining new learning in infants. A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime could have a similar effect on language learning in pre-school children.

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07

Feb'17

Concussion May Affect Your Driving Even After Symptoms Disappear, Says Study

The effects a concussion has on driving a vehicle may continue to linger even after the symptoms disappear, according to a study by University of Georgia researchers. Even though participants felt like they had recovered from their concussion, they were still likely to drive erratically while using a driving simulator -- at times similar to someone driving under the influence of alcohol.

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05

Feb'17

Women’s Cognitive Decline Begins Earlier than Previously Believed

Mental sharpness in women begins to decline as early as their 50s. Cognitive processing speed, which includes speed of perception and reaction, showed an average decline of around 1 percent every two years and verbal memory declined on average around 1 percent every five years, investigators report.

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05

Feb'17

Brain Stimulation Used Like a Scalpel to Improve Memory

Northwestern Medicine scientists showed for the first time that non-invasive brain stimulation can be used like a scalpel, rather than like a hammer, to cause a specific improvement in precise memory. This type of memory is crucial for normal functioning, and it is often lost in people with serious memory disorders.

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05

Feb'17

Older, Fitter Adults Experience Greater Brain Activity While Learning

Older adults who experience good cardiac fitness may be also keeping their brains in good shape as well. In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, older adults who scored high on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) tests performed better on memory tasks than those who had low CRF. Further, the more fit older adults were, the more active their brain was during learning.

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05

Feb'17

Practice Makes Perfect, and ‘Overlearning’ Locks It In

Want to learn something and then quickly make that mastery stick? A new Brown University study in which people learned visual perception tasks suggests that you should keep practising for a little while even after you think you can't get any better. Such "overlearning" locked in performance gains, according to the Nature Neuroscience paper that describes the effect and its underlying neurophysiology.

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02

Feb'17

Kids Should Pay More Attention to Mistakes, Study Suggests

At Edublox learners have always been encouraged not to shy away from their mistakes, in fact they are taught "you may make mistakes, just try your best and then correct your mistakes." Now research suggests teachers and parents should help children pay more attention to the mistakes they make so they can better learn from them, as opposed to shying away from or glossing over mistakes.

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