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Cognitive Skills and Deficits

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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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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02

Mar'16

Memory Techniques Not the Answer to Memory Challenges

“Children, it's almost time to go home. Please write down your homework, put your books away, and line up at the door.” Sounds simple and straight forward… So why is John already lined up at the door when his books are all over his desk? And where are the materials he needs to take home to do his homework?

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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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02

Oct'15

Auditory Memory: The Overlooked Learning Skill Deficiency

A weakness in auditory memory can have serious consequences in the realm of learning for students, states educational therapist Addie Cusimano in her book "Learning Disabilities: There is a Cure."

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02

Oct'15

Why Is Logical Thinking Essential?

Logical thinking is the process in which one uses reasoning consistently to come to a conclusion. Problems or situations that involve logical thinking call for structure, for relationships between facts, and for chains of reasoning that “make sense.”

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06

Sep'15

Long-Term Memory: What It Is and Tips to Improve It

Long-term memory is the relatively permanent memory storage system that holds information indefinitely. In it we store last year’s Currie Cup score, the image of an elephant, and how to ride a bicycle. We also appear to be storing information that we can’t consciously retrieve, but which still affects our behaviour.

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10

Aug'15

Memory Fundamental to Reading, Spelling and Learning

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: sensory register, short-term memory, long-term memory, visual memory, auditory memory, and sequential memory, to name but a few.

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