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People recall information better through virtual reality

The researchers found that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment. The results of the study were recently published in the journal Virtual Reality. […] The key, say the researchers, was for participants … Continue reading

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Brain Calisthenics For Abstract Ideas (Article, NYT)

“Now, a small group of cognitive scientists is arguing that schools and students could take far more advantage of this same bottom-up ability, called perceptual learning. The brain is a pattern-recognition machine, after all, and when focused properly, it can … Continue reading

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Learning: “Quiz yourself” better than “re-reading/mapping core concepts” (Science, study)

Abstract “Educators rely heavily on learning activities that encourage elaborative studying, while activities that require students to practice retrieving and reconstructing knowledge are used less frequently. Here, we show that practicing retrieval produces greater gains in meaningful learning than elaborative … Continue reading

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People aren’t born afraid of spiders and snakes: Fear is quickly learned during infancy (Study)

“..Susan Mineka’s research (from Northwestern University) shows that monkeys that are raised in the lab aren’t afraid of snakes, but they’ll learn to fear snakes much more readily than flowers or rabbits. The authors of the Current Directions in Psychological … Continue reading

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Gender differences in teachers’ perceptions of students’ temperament, educational competence, and teachability (Study)

Abstract “Background. Student’s temperament plays a significant role in teacher’s perception of the student’s learning style, educational competence (EC), and teachability. Hence, temperament contributes to student’s academic achievement and teacher’s subjective ratings of school grades. However, little is known about … Continue reading

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Predicting Individuals’ Learning Success from Patterns of Pre-Learning MRI Activity (Study)

Abstract “Performance in most complex cognitive and psychomotor tasks improves with training, yet the extent of improvement varies among individuals. Is it possible to forecast the benefit that a person might reap from training? Several behavioral measures have been used … Continue reading

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Video games make you smarter?

“Playing video games, they say, can promote multiple types of intelligence. Young gamers, for one, have been found to do better in class. In a recently concluded study in Taiwan, students who had played video games showed significant progress in … Continue reading

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Old school’s no good for grades

“We found that students attending schools with lower building quality and those attending schools with high student mobility had lower test scores,” says Evans. They also found that when these two risk factors were combined, it was particularly damaging to … Continue reading

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