Cognition News

Imaging Studies Distinguish Imagination from Memory

August 29th, 2014
In a new study, Brigham Young University researchers explore where and how imagination happens in the brain. Graduate student researcher Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor developed a methodology that incorporated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in a series of experiments that helped ...

Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

August 27th, 2014
An innovative new approach combines mindfulness training for those with early-stage dementia and their caregivers during the same class session. The new report suggests the two-for-one approach is mutually beneficial as both groups reported less depression and improved sleep and quality of life. "The ...

Confusion On Awakening Called New Sleep Disorder

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a disorder called "sleep drunkenness" may affect one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness occurs when, during or following arousals from sleep, peoples are confused or perform inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm. ...

Heart Fitness Improves Brain Health

August 26th, 2014
A new Canadian study suggests exercising to improve cardiovascular fitness may protect individuals from cognitive impairment associated with aging. "Our body's arteries stiffen with age, and the vessel hardening is believed to begin in the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the ...

Yoga Shown to Boost Brain Power in Older Adults

August 24th, 2014
Sedentary older adults who began practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks experienced a boost in working memory, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. The research, published in The Journals of Gerontology Series: Biological Sciences and Medical ...

Self-Interest Leads Us to Be Less Concerned About Inequity to Others

August 24th, 2014
A new study shows that because we are strongly influenced by our self-interest, we are unlikely to protest about being overcompensated, even when there are no consequences. The findings imply that people are less concerned than previously believed about the inequity of others, ...

Physically Fit Kids Have More Compact Brain White Matter

August 20th, 2014
A new study shows that nine and 10-year-old kids who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in their brains than kids who are less fit. According to researchers, white matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve ...

Imaging Study Shows How Children Memorize Facts

August 18th, 2014
New brain-imaging research reveals how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn basic math facts. "As children learn basic arithmetic, they go from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory," researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine ...

Lucid Dreamers Show Stronger Insight in Waking World

August 17th, 2014
Lucid dreamers -- those who recognize that they are asleep while dreaming -- have better than average problem-solving skills in the waking world, according to new research from the University of Lincoln in the UK. It is believed that some people are capable ...

Memories of Mistakes Help Speed Up Learning

August 16th, 2014
New research has discovered why people learn a task faster the second or third time around -- not only are they helped by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the mistakes they made the first time ...