Monthly Archives: October 2011

Toughest Exam Question: What Is the Best Way to Study?

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 26, 2011 — Here’s a pop quiz: What foods are best to eat before a high-stakes test? When is the best time to review the toughest material? A growing body of research on the best … Continue reading

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Brain scans support findings that IQ can rise or fall significantly during adolescence

Wellcome Trust (October 20, 2011) — IQ, the standard measure of intelligence, can increase or fall significantly during our teenage years, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust, and these changes are associated with changes to the structure of our … Continue reading

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Women Aren’t Becoming Engineers Because of Confidence Issues, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2011) — Women are less likely than men to stay in engineering majors and to become engineers because they want to have families and are more insecure about their math abilities, right? Not necessarily, suggests a new … Continue reading

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First Physical Evidence: Bilingualism Delays Onset of Alzheimer’s Symptoms

ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2011) — Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have found that people who speak more than one language have twice as much brain damage as unilingual people before they exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the first physical … Continue reading

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The minds of creative geniuses, like Steve Jobs, remain a scientific mystery

The minds of creative people are different, but scientists do not why. A report from Anne McIlroy of the Toronto Globe and Mail describes what we do know.

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RAND Corporation Reports on Summer Learning

RAND Education, in a study sponsored by The Wallace Foundation, surveys the research to spell out the benefits of extending the learning calendar. The think-tank finds summer learning is especially useful for students who need more time to master a subject in … Continue reading

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Neuroscience for Kids

Here’s a great website that features the latest in neuroscience and learning research from the University of Washington. The materials are presented in interesting ways suitable for younger students, but the content is solid information useful for people of all backgrounds. The website … Continue reading

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