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Bad decisions arise from faulty information, not faulty brain circuits

Our brains may be better at decision making than we once thought possible. In fact, it may be more likely that we make mistakes in judgement due to faulty data rather than through a fault in our brain’s decision-making processes. … Continue reading

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The Art and Craft of Science

Time to insert some STEAM into STEM: Michigan State University educators detail the importance of art in developing the talents for a career in science. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Adding the “A” for Art may lead … Continue reading

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Humans Think Like Quantum Particles

Scientific American reports quantum physicists have discovered that quantum mechanics enlarges our capacity to reason in unexpected ways. The notorious Prisoner’s Dilemma, in which the rational choice is the wrong choice, can be eliminated by quantum entanglement. A more recent … Continue reading

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The Goal of a Fit Mind

by Carissa Handrinos When most people think of the words “coach” or “trainer,” sports, not academics, usually come to mind. In preparation for a big game, athletes work with their coaches and trainers to achieve their highest potential. Trainers challenge … Continue reading

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The Persistence Of Memory

Neuroscientists report finding an important clue as to how our minds develop long-term memories, a newly identified type of robust protein that can not only turn itself on and off, it can direct other molecules to do the same. The … Continue reading

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The True Cost of High School Dropouts

In 2012, it’s estimated 7 out of 10 ninth graders will drop out of high school before getting their diplomas. A pair of economist-educators tally up the costs to society in this New York Times op-ed. An excerpt: If we … Continue reading

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Spotting Dyslexia Before a Child Starts School

Brain MRIs may provide an early diagnostic marker BOSTON, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Children at risk for dyslexia show differences in brain activity on MRI scans even before they begin learning to read, finds a study at Children’s Hospital Boston. Since developmental dyslexia … Continue reading

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