Cognition News

Good News About Gossip: It Can Promote Self-Reflection, Growth

October 25th, 2014
Whether they like to admit it or not, most people are interested in gossip about other people’s achievements and failures. And while gossip is often seen as negative, a new study has found that listening to gossip may help us adapt to ...

Mental Rest and Reflection Aid Learning

October 22nd, 2014
A new study suggests learning may be improved by the use of strategies that "prime" the brain to learn new content and allow time for the brain to rest and reflect. University of Texas at Austin researchers used brain imaging technology to show ...

Strong Vocabulary Protects Against Cognitive Decline

October 22nd, 2014
New research suggests a robust vocabulary may reduce mild cognitive impairment and lead to a lower risk of developing dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or incipient dementia is a condition that some people develop as they age. Many experts believe it is an ...

Action Video Games Improve Sensorimotor Skills

October 20th, 2014
A new study discovered people who play action video games such as "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" were able to learn a new sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. University of Toronto researchers believe the study shows that action video games strengthen sensorimotor ...

Neuroscience Mythology Hampers Teaching

October 17th, 2014
Despite efforts to used fact-based approaches in education, teachers and the public may be incorrect on core assumptions that influence the way educational material is presented. In a new study, researchers from the University of Bristol wanted to show that educators often fail ...

Experts Debate Toddler Access to Digital Devices

October 14th, 2014
Times have changed when it comes to electronic media and the availability and use of digital devices by children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) basic policy statement, published in 1999, discouraged electronic media use by children under two. Given the proliferation of ...

For Some, Multitasking May Not Hinder Performance

October 13th, 2014
Although scientists and educators recommend focusing on a single task to aid retention and improve task proficiency, new research suggest some teen digital natives may be an exception. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition, researchers caution that ...

Home Visits Decrease Drug Use, Depression in Pregnant Teens

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that parenting and health education provided in the homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the girls' illegal drug use, depression, and behavior problems. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said they also found that ...

Maternal IQ Not Tied to Child Attachment

October 11th, 2014
A mother’s intelligence does not have a significant effect on her child’s style of attachment, according to the first study on attachment among children whose mothers have mild intellectual disabilities (ID). The research, conducted by Stockholm and Uppsala universities in Sweden, found that ...

Kids’ Eating Problems Could Warn of Mental Issues

October 10th, 2014
A new study warns parents that childhood eating problems could predict underlying psychological issues. Researchers at the University of Montreal found that eating disorders can appear before puberty. "Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but our studies indicate that the problem can ...