Cognition News

Specific Games Enhance Child’s Spatial Reasoning

January 29th, 2015
New research shows that some games can help a child develop important cognitive skills. Using data from a nationally representative study, researchers from Rhodes College determined that children who play frequently with puzzles, blocks, and board games tend to have better spatial reasoning ability. The ...

Mindfulness Can Boost Kids’ Math Scores, Kindness, Likability

January 28th, 2015
A new social and emotional program with mindfulness techniques, called MindUp, has been shown to successfully help children become more caring and optimistic, improve their math scores and lower their stress levels. The program, founded by Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn, was recently ...

Culture Influences Creativity

January 28th, 2015
A new study examines if a nation’s culture would influence the expression of creativity or the quality of the new output. Investigators compared nearly 300 individuals from Taiwan, a collectivist society, and Canada, a more individualistic country. Researchers from Canada’s Concordia University discovered that ...

Some Common Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

January 27th, 2015
A large study finds that a certain group of medications may increase the risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered medications that have strong anticholinergic effects may increase the risk for dementia if the drugs are taken at higher doses or for ...

For Some Parents, Kids Are College-Bound From Day One

January 26th, 2015
New research suggests parents’ beliefs that a child will attend college is strongly associated with academic success beginning in prekindergarten. Studies have shown that success in kindergarten is often associated with a number of socioeconomic factors. Children whose parents are more educated and ...

‘Honeycomb’ Brain Damage Afflicts Some Vets Who Survive Blasts

January 26th, 2015
Researchers have discovered honeycomb-shaped patterns of broken and swollen nerve fibers in the brains of some veterans who survived an improvised explosive device (IED), according to a new study at Johns Hopkins University. These hidden brain injuries may be the physical evidence behind ...

Mouse Study Complicates Role of Inflammation in Alzheimer’s

January 26th, 2015
The role of inflammation in the development of Alzheimer’s disease just got more complicated. University of Florida (UF) researchers discovered an anti-inflammatory process might actually facilitate the build-up of sticky clumps of protein that form plaques in the brain. These plaques block brain cells' ...

When Do We Turn to Superstition and Charms?

January 25th, 2015
Many people seem to have a lucky charm, maybe a lucky pair of socks or a piece of jewelry. New research shows that we are more likely to turn to superstitions or a lucky charm to achieve a performance goal rather than a ...

New Research Finds Memory More Selective Than Previously Thought

January 25th, 2015
New research shows that people may have to “turn on” or prompt their memories to help them remember even the simplest details. Findings from the Pennsylvania State study indicate that memory is far more selective than previously thought, according to researchers. "It is commonly ...

Lucid Dreamers are More Self-Reflective

January 25th, 2015
A new study has discovered that the area of the brain that enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers — those people who can control their dreams. According to researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Max Planck ...