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Cognitive Skills and Deficits

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Sep'16

Cognitive Functioning Determines Success on Social, Educational, Economic and Marital Front

Cognitive functions are higher order mental processes that help us gather and process information, and encompass functions such as focused and divided attention, visual and spatial processing, visual and auditory short-term and long-term memory, reasoning, and language and reading skills. Research has demonstrated a link between cognitive functioning and social functioning, educational performance, economic status and commitment to marriage.

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04

Sep'16

Alzheimer’s Disease Is Frequently Misdiagnosed

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia are well described, but a new study shows that the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease isn’t always an accurate one. It’s a condition that can be frequently misdiagnosed.

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Aug'16

Fair or Unfair? Facial Cues Influence How Social Exclusion Is Judged

People are often excluded from social groups. As researchers from the University of Basel report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, whether uninvolved observers find this acceptable or not may depend on the facial appearances of those excluded.

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Aug'16

The Role of Genetics in IQ and Intelligence

Your brain, your nervous system, your entire body is constructed according to instructions received from the genes that you have inherited from your parents. It would seem reasonable that superior genes would provide a child with superior intelligence capacity. And in fact, researchers have discovered that parents with high IQ’s tend to have children with high IQ’s, while parents with low IQ’s tend to have children with low IQ’s.

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13

Aug'16

Why and How We Forget

Forgetting is actually both necessary and useful. Imagine remembering every single second of every single day of your life. It would be very difficult to keep all the information organised and to focus on one thing at a time. There is just too much information to be remembered. We automatically forget most of the sensory information we take in without even realising it.

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May'16

The Fantastic Plastic Brain

It’s one of the most extraordinary discoveries of the 20th century. Named neuroplasticity, it’s the finding that the brain can change, new brain cells are constantly being born and die, new connections can form and that the internal structure of the existing synapses can change...

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12

May'16

Ageing and Your Brain: The Secret to Staying Sharp

Ageing may seem unavoidable, but that's not necessarily so when it comes to the brain. So say researchers in the April 27th issue of the Cell Press journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences based on counterintuitive evidence that it is what you do in old age that matters when it comes to maintaining a youthful brain rather than what you did earlier in life.

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29

Nov'15

Brain Region Holding Objects in Memory Until They Are Spotted Identified

Imagine you are looking for your wallet on a cluttered desk. As you scan the area, you hold in your mind a mental picture of what your wallet looks like. MIT neuroscientists have now identified a brain region that stores this type of visual representation during a search.

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16

Nov'15

Memory Is Not a Gift. It’s a Skill

Advertisers tout supplements. Organic growers push blueberries. But, because memory is a skill and not a gift, for true memory improvement you must train your brain.

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11

Nov'15

Cognitive Development Is Not an Automatic Process

Cognitive development focuses on how children learn and process information. It is the development of the thinking and organising systems of the mind. It involves language, mental imagery, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and memory development.

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