Cognition News

Is Thinking Outside the Box The Wrong Approach?

November 6th, 2014
Over the past few decades the concept of “thinking outside the box” to jumpstart the creative process has gained considerable attention and support. Creativity traditionally connected extant ideas and built on the past to create something new. New research evaluates the two approaches. That ...

New Tools Sought to Assess Cognitive Growth in Intellectually Disabled

November 3rd, 2014
A new initiative seeks to improve the assessment of cognitive development among people with an intellectual disability. Better methods to evaluate changes in status are critical for the development of new treatments and programs. The five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes ...

Brain’s White Matter Arrayed Differently in Dyslexic Kids

November 1st, 2014
White matter in the brains of children with dyslexia may be structured differently compared to typically developing readers, according to new research at Vanderbilt University. For the study, published in the journals Brain Connectivity and Brain Research, researchers used neuroimaging to examine structural ...

Parenting Style Probably Does Not Raise IQ in Children

October 31st, 2014
The ability to improve intelligence by environmental manipulation remains a subject of considerable debate. New research explores if a parents interactions with their child can help boost the child’s intelligence. For example, does reading bedtime stories, engaging in ...

Sleep Apnea Affects REM Sleep and Memory

October 31st, 2014
New research suggests sleep apnea may disrupt the formation of new spatial memories. Spatial memories are used every day and act as our internal compass to keep us from getting lost, remember where we left the keys, or parked the car. Sleep ...

Group Classes for Parents Teach Home Therapy for Autistic Kids

October 30th, 2014
Use of a group setting to train parents on autistic therapy appears to be a beneficial method to improve language skills in their autistic children. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford found that parents can ...

Male Sleep Difficulties May Warn of Alzheimer’s

October 29th, 2014
New research suggests men with self-reported sleep disorders may be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men without them. Swedish researchers followed more than 1,000 men, who were initially 50 year old, between the years 1970 and 2010. They found that self-reported ...

Mistakes Can Aid Memory, But Only if Misses Are Close

October 28th, 2014
New research discovers that it is OK to make mistakes when learning as the errors can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer. However, the premise is true only when the incorrect response is close or meaningful to the accurate response. "Making random ...

New Study Shows Dietary Flavanols Can Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline

October 26th, 2014
A new study has found that dietary cocoa flavanols -- naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa -- reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults. The study shows that a component of age-related memory decline is caused by changes in a specific region ...

Alcohol Linked to Better Memory in Those Over 60

October 26th, 2014
A new study shows that for people over 60 who do not have dementia, moderate alcohol consumption is linked to higher episodic memory, the ability to recall memories of events. According to researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, ...