LearningRx reviews study on how retrieval practice may protect memory...

Mar 9, 2017 by

Tufts University researchers found that taking practice tests—compared to just restudying material—countered the adverse effects of stress on memory....

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LearningRx reviews oppositional behavior & academics study...

Mar 7, 2017 by

A survey of parents of 226 school-age children who had been previously identified as having oppositional behavior and academic difficulties, found that many reported significant improvements in behavior and academics following LearningRx (www.LearningRx.com) personal brain training. The results have been published in LearningRx’s 48-page 2016 edition of “Client Outcomes and Research Results,” which can be downloaded here:http://www.learningrx.com/our-programs/learningrx-results/. The study consisted of three groups: 77 students who completed 60 hours of ThinkRx cognitive training; 69 students who completed 120 hours of ReadRx cognitive training, and a control group of 80 students who didn’t undergo any training. The results showed: Both treatment groups saw a reduction in academic difficulty The control group saw an increase in academic difficulty Both treatment groups improved on ratings of oppositional behavior The control group’s ratings of oppositional behavior worsened The original dissertation, “The Real-Life Benefits of Cognitive Training” by Edward J. Jedlicka can be found...

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Low oxytocin may lead to low empathy in those with autism

Feb 27, 2017 by

Researchers examined patients with low level oxytocin, the hormone responsible for parenting bonding and romantic attachment, and concluding that low oxytocin may lead to low empathy....

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Early interventions for parents of kids with ASD reduces symptoms...

Feb 25, 2017 by

A long-term study has found that early intervention centering on helping parents communicate with their child reduces the severity of symptoms related to autism....

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For seniors, weightlifting improves cognitive function

Feb 23, 2017 by

According to a new study from the University of Sydney, gradually increasing muscle strength improve cognitive function for those between 55 and 68....

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Prenatal stress alters gut bacteria to cause cognitive problems in offspring...

Feb 21, 2017 by

There’s new evidence that prenatal stress can harm the baby well into adulthood due to the maternal gut bacteria....

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Study: Development of Executive Functions

Feb 14, 2017 by

Abstract Executive functions refer to top–down processes utilized in goal-directed behavior. Executive functions and academic achievement relate robustly, from early childhood through adolescence. Executive functions and their neural networks appear to be malleable, and environments can support their development. Varied approaches, including educational curricula, structured physical exercise, and computer-based training, can improve executive functions. The intervention work suggests that children who are most “at-risk” demonstrate the largest gains, but evidence of far transfer to academic achievement or other behavioral outcomes that are important to schools is at this point only promising. The review highlights developmental considerations for measurement and intervention, and discusses implications for schools in supporting children’s development of executive functions. Policy implications of the scientific findings suggest strategies for providing environments that foster the development of executive functions. Development of Executive Function_mentions...

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