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Cognitive Skills and Deficits

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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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Jan'17

The Real Facts About Your Child’s IQ

IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. But it is debatable whether IQ tests really measure intelligence (or whatever it is we mean by “intelligence” — psychologists have been divided for years). IQ tests do not take into account aspects such as creativity, artistic or musical talent — a child can most certainly be “gifted” without having a high IQ....

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02

Jan'17

Drink Coffee to Beat Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating, not only to those who suffer from it but also to their family members and to society as a whole. Over the past few years, research being conducted around the world has seemed to suggest that caffeine might help offset one of Alzheimer’s most devastating symptoms — memory loss.

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23

Dec'16

Four Cognitive Skills for Successful Learning

The word "cognition" is defined as "the act or process of knowing". Cognitive skills therefore refer to those skills that make it possible for us to know. Research has shown that cognitive skills are a determining factor of an individual’s learning ability...

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11

Dec'16

IQ Tests Can Be Wrong: The Story of Gregory Ochoa

When Gregory Ochoa was a high school student in California, he and his classmates were given an IQ test. Gregory and the other students were told that the results would enable the school to place them in classes commensurate with their skills. It seemed like a fair thing to do; after all, they were all being given the same chance, the same test...

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06

Dec'16

Babies’ First Words Can Be Predicted Based on Visual Attention

Indiana University psychologists have shown that a baby's most likely first words are based upon their visual experience, laying the foundation for a new theory of infant language learning.

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28

Nov'16

Asleep or Awake We Retain Memory

Sleeping helps to reinforce what we've learned. And brain scans have revealed that cerebral activity associated with learning new information is replayed during sleep. But, in a study demonstrate for the first time that the brain doesn't wait until night to structure information. Day and night, the brain doesn't stop (re)working what we learn.

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27

Nov'16

Types of Human Memory

Memory is the retention of information over time. Although the word memory may conjure up an image of a singular, “all-or-none” process, it is clear that there are actually many kinds of memory, each of which may be somewhat independent of the others...

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13

Nov'16

Visual Discrimination: A Foundational Reading Skill

Visual discrimination is a visual perceptual skill and refers to the ability to differentiate one object from another. The ability to discriminate letters and words visually becomes essential in learning to read. When a person is reading, visual discrimination must take place all the time. One must be able to discriminate visually in terms of colour, foreground-background, form, size, and position in space.

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13

Nov'16

Poor Working Memory a Barrier to Academic Success

Children who underachieve at school may just have poor working memory rather than low intelligence, according to researchers who have produced the world's first tool to assess memory capacity in the classroom. Researchers from Durham University, who surveyed over three thousand children, found that ten percent of schoolchildren across all age ranges suffer from poor working memory seriously affecting their learning.

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