Cognitive Skills and Deficits

06

Aug'17

Muscle, Not Brain, May Hold Answers to Some Sleep Disorders

Scientists exploring the brain for answers to certain sleep disorders may have been looking in the wrong place, suggests new research. A new study shows that a protein in the muscle can lessen the effects of sleep loss in mice, a surprising revelation that challenges the widely accepted notion that the brain controls all aspects of sleep.

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13

Jul'17

Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Explained

A study has shown that disrupting just one night of sleep in healthy, middle-aged adults causes an increase in amyloid beta, a brain protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. And a week of tossing and turning leads to an increase in another brain protein, tau, which has been linked to brain damage in Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases.

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22

May'17

Four Ways to Improve Your Child’s Working Memory

Working memory is increasingly recognised as a crucial cognitive skill and by improving our working memory we may be able to realise gains in key areas, from school to work to retirement. Here are a few ways to improve your child's (or you own) working memory.

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27

Apr'17

Cognitive Skills Differ Across Cultures and Generations

An innovative study of children and parents in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom reveals cultural differences in important cognitive skills among adolescents but not their parents...

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24

Apr'17

Neuroscientists Identify Brain Circuit Necessary for Memory Formation

When we visit a friend or go to the beach, our brain stores a short-term memory of the experience in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. Those memories are later "consolidated" -- that is, transferred to another part of the brain for longer-term storage.

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18

Mar'17

Poor Working Memory Impedes Academic Success, Preventing Children from Achieving Their Potential

According to researchers from Durham University, children who underachieve at school may just have poor working memory rather than low intelligence. On the positive side learners with a strong working memory are likely to do well maintaining focus and attention in a variety of academic settings, and improving working memory can boost...

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05

Mar'17

Sports Success in the Young Linked to Working Memory

Another good reason why children should attend Edublox classes: a new study shows a strong link between executive functions, such as working memory and achievement in sports. Working memory refers to the ability to temporarily hold several facts or thoughts in memory while solving a problem or performing a task.

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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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