Boosting learning and memory while you sleep—with scents

Mar 3, 2020 by

New research has found that the strategic use of certain scents while learning and during sleep appears to improve exam performance. The results showed that using fragrance can work in everyday life—not just in a clinical setting....

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Adult and baby brains ‘sync up’ during play

Feb 27, 2020 by

While watching adults and babies interact during play, researchers also measured the connections in their neural activity and found that it rose and fell together as they made eye contact and shared toys....

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Dementia affects English and Italian speakers differently

Feb 25, 2020 by

A small study from a team at the University of California looked at dementia-related language problems in English-speaking and Italian-speaking patients. They found that while the English speakers had difficulty pronouncing words, the Italian speakers simply opted for shorter,...

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Benefits of reading vs. screen time

Feb 20, 2020 by

New studies done by the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center of Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital found startling differences in the brains of preschoolers who spend an average of two hours a day playing on technology vs. being read to by...

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Soybean oil causes neurological changes

Feb 18, 2020 by

Soybean oil has been marketed as a healthy alternative to other kinds of oil, but new research has found that may not be true. The new study showed that soybean oil causes neurological changes in mice, which may contribute...

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Brain volume not always tied to memory, thinking

Feb 13, 2020 by

A German research tea look at the brains of 330 older adults and found that the size of the hippocampus is only beneficial to people who also have more white-matter circuitry to link it to the rest of the...

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Brain may need iron for cognitive development

Feb 11, 2020 by

Research published in the January 27, 2020 edition of JNeurosci indicates that iron levels in the brain tissue rise during development and are linked to cognitive abilities. This research on both children and young adults may lead to new...

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