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Brain structure shows affinity with numbers The structure of the brain shows the way in which we process numbers. People either do this spatially or non-spatially. A study shows for the first time that these individual differences have a structural basis in the brain.
Autism: 10 Quick Facts You Should Know Autism: what are the numbers, the symptoms, the cause, the genetics and the cure?→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
APA Report on Gun Violence Identifies Precursors and Promising Solutions Behavioral threat assessment identified as most effective prevention strategy
Muting the Mozart effect Though it has been embraced by everyone from advocates for arts education to parents hoping to encourage their kids to stick with piano lessons, two new studies show no effect of music training on the cognitive abilities of young children.
Dietary amino acids improve sleep problems in mice with traumatic brain injury Scientists have discovered how to fix sleep disturbances in mice with traumatic brain injuries -- a discovery that could lead to help for hundreds of thousands of people who have long-term and debilitating sleep and wakefulness issues after they suffer concussions.
Poverty influences children's early brain development Poverty may have direct implications for important, early steps in the development of the brain, saddling children of low-income families with slower rates of growth in two key brain structures, according to researchers.
Collective Intelligence: Help The World Create An IQ Test You've seen those IQ tests online and you probably wonder who makes them. Well now you can actually become the test inventor rather than test taker in a new project from the M.I.T. Center For Collective Intelligence.read more
Nations aim to beat dementia by 2025 with AIDS-style fight Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025.
Exam grades 'more nature than nurture' Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in school exam results, twin studies suggest.
India's Supreme Court upholds colonial-era anti-gay sex law Ruling is a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society.
Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don't In new research, neuroscientists find that even high-performing schools don't influence their students' abstract reasoning.
Do Kids Still Care About Professional Sports? Between video games, Pokémon cards, and $200 ticket prices, the attraction of kids to professional sports may be starting to wane. Should we welcome this change as an opportunity to engage children elsewhere or grieve the fading of one of the classic parts of growing up? read more
Researchers uncover mechanism controlling Tourette Syndrome tics A mechanism in the brain that controls tics in children with Tourette Syndrome has been discovered by scientists.
Spanking children slows cognitive development and increases risk of criminal behavior, expert says A scientist makes a definitive case against spanking, including how it slows cognitive development and increases antisocial and criminal behavior.
Music and Memory: 5 Awesome New Psychology Studies Music aids language learning, helps injured brains remember, causes widespread brain activation and more...→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Education: Learning with 'stronger peers' yields no boost A new study contradicts the popular theory that students perform better when surrounded by higher achieving classmates.
How horses can teach humans communication skills, kindness One social work student spent the last 18 months at Spirit of Leadership at the Pebble Ledge Ranch in Novelty, Ohio, learning to communicate with horses (and a zebra), becoming "one with the herd" and teaching others how to do the same in an experiential learning with horses program that inspires self-discovery.
Incarceration has no effect on nonresident fathers' parenting A prison sentence may not always have negative consequences for children of the incarcerated, says one sociologist. In a new study, she finds that when an uninvolved dad spends time behind bars, there are no negative effects on his parenting.
From weight loss to fundraising, 'ironic effects' can sabotage our best laid plans Growing body of research shows how efforts backfire in sneaky ways: we fail in our best efforts because of our best effortsOliver Burkeman
The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession In at least one sense, people who graduate in a tough economy are better offread more