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5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain. 5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain. 5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain. 5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain. Updated brain map identifies 97 new areas. The new map "is a major revision and updating" of previous maps," said David Van Essen, senior author of the study.

Updated brain map identifies 97 new areas

"Most of the new areas are in regions we associate with higher cognitive function," he said. This is version 1.0, and as new data comes in, there will be revisions, said Dr. Greg Farber, director of technology development at the National Institute of Mental Health, echoing the authors of the research. 'Memories' pass between generations. Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest.

'Memories' pass between generations

Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations. A Nature Neuroscience study shows mice trained to avoid a smell passed their aversion on to their "grandchildren". Experts said the results were important for phobia and anxiety research. The animals were trained to fear a smell similar to cherry blossom. The team at the Emory University School of Medicine, in the US, then looked at what was happening inside the sperm. Memories Can Be Inherited, and Scientists May Have Just Figured out How. In Brief Our life experiences may be passed on to our children and our children's children - and now scientists report that they have discovered that this inheritance can be turned on or off.

Memories Can Be Inherited, and Scientists May Have Just Figured out How

What is Epigenetics? Epigenetics is the study of inherited changes in gene expression…changes that are inherited, but they are not inherent to our DNA. For instance, life experiences, which aren’t directly coded in human DNA, can actually be passed on to children. Studies have shown that survivors of traumatic events may have effects in subsequent generations. Research Shows That Brain Training Is Nothing But The Placebo Effect. In Brief Using some deliberate advertising.

Research Shows That Brain Training Is Nothing But The Placebo Effect

A group of researchers show that the placebo effect is more effective than brain training games when it comes to increasing intelligence. Its all in the advertising An experiment conducted by a team of researchers at the George Mason University finds that they can achieve what paid brain training programs claim—using a simple trick. They used two posters with different advertising messages to attract participants, but both posters lead to the exact same study, and the exact same activities. Are Stories A Key To Human Intelligence? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. Science Is Proving Some Memories Are Passed Down From Our Ancestors. Do you have a fear of spiders?

Science Is Proving Some Memories Are Passed Down From Our Ancestors

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity. “Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with delight.

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

The feeling is unmistakable, intoxicating,” musician Glenn Kurtz wrote in his sublime meditation on the pleasures of practicing, adding: “My attention warms and sharpens… Making music changes my body.” Kurtz’s experience, it turns out, is more than mere lyricism — music does change the body’s most important organ, and changes it more profoundly than any other intellectual, creative, or physical endeavor. This short animation from TED-Ed, written by Anita Collins and animated by Sharon Colman Graham, explains why playing music benefits the brain more than any other activity, how it impacts executive function and memory, and what it reveals about the role of the same neural structure implicated in explaining Leonardo da Vinci’s genius.

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains. Getty Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school.

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

Two researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia propose that it be taught earlier, however—much earlier. As in first grade. In a study published in this month’s issue of the journal Early Education and Development, psychologists Peter Marshall and Christina Comalli began by surveying children aged four to 13 to discover what they already knew about the brain. Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn. What’s the key to effective learning?

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know. To put it in more straightforward terms, anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand (say, mathematics or history) and knowledge about how learning works.

Parents and educators are pretty good at imparting the first kind of knowledge. Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? In the past few days you may well have scribbled out a shopping list on the back of an envelope or stuck a Post-it on your desk.

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

Perhaps you added a comment to your child’s report book or made a few quick notes during a meeting. But when did you last draft a long text by hand? How long ago did you write your last “proper” letter, using a pen and a sheet of writing paper? Preventing Youth Suicide Through Lessons Of Hope. Preventing Youth Suicide Through Lessons Of Hope by TeachThought Staff CHICAGO, IL — Schools for Hope is a new, free educational curriculum that was developed by The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) to prevent youth suicide by giving students, educators and parents the necessary learning tools to find and maintain hope.

Preventing Youth Suicide Through Lessons Of Hope

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, 1 out of 9 children self-reported a suicide attempt before graduating high school; with forty percent of those children in grade school. Schools for Hope provides free life-saving skills to children, teachers and parents with the goal of reversing those staggering statistics “Teaching children the importance of caring for their mental health is crucial to their emotional well-being and quality of life,” said Penny Tate, Schools for Hope Project Manager. Fall Curriculum. New research says video-gaming kids are smarter and more social.

Conventional wisdom may still say video games are a bad thing, but the evidence is slowly piling up: moderate video gaming is associated with emotional and intellectual intelligence. A new study in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology says video game use is associated with better academic functioning and sociability in grade-schoolers. Lee Banville, in an article in Games and Learning, interpreted the study for us non-medical types. According to Banville, the study, called “Is time spent playing video games associated with mental health, cognitive and social skills in young children?” Found that “kids who played video games five or more hours a week did better in school and suffered no emotional or mental health problems.”

The study came out of Columbia University and included data on kids aged 6 to 11 from six European Union countries. Ex-Stanford dean shares skills everyone should have by 18. The Adolescent Brain - What All Teens Need to Know. Adolescents have dynamic, open, hungry minds. They are creative, brave and curious. It has to be this way. The only way to learn many of the skills they will need to be strong, healthy adults will be to stretch beyond what they’ve always known and to experiment with the world and their place in it.

The adolescent brain is wired to drive them through this transition, but there will be a few hairpin curves along the way. Is it Cheating To Use Smart Drugs To Crush Work? – Brain Report. As smart drugs like Neurofuse flood Silicon Valley and other start ups, some question ‘has ambition and the will to win pushed us too far?’ CAMBRIDGE – As scientific research around cognition has improved rapidly in the last few years, a growing number of entrepreneurs are discovering the new class of legal, effective, and safe smart drugs that help with focus, concentration, retention, and energy. “Study Drugs” used to mean the dangerous and illegal misuse of prescription pills.

However, a new class of pills called nootropics are providing an affordable, safe, legal, and effective alternative. What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing. The excerpt below is from the book “Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond,” by Larry Ferlazzo. This excerpt is from the chapter entitled “I Still Want to Know: How Can You Get Students More Interested in Reading and Writing?” Let’s begin with a review of those essential qualities (needed to develop intrinsic motivation) in the context of reading and writing: ♦ Autonomy.

Why top scientists are so worried about intelligent machines. Sign Up for. What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning. Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Enhancing Student Commitment. Scientists Find That Playing Games Actually Improves Your Skills in Real Life.

While most parents would scold their children for wasting time in front of an electronic screen and playing video games, researchers have found in a new study that playing motion-controlled video games seems to help boost real-life skills. In their study, published in a recent issue of the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, the researchers noted that motion-controlled video games, such as those played on the Wii and using virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift, might be turning video games into legitimate simulations. How Grateful Are You? Interactive Quiz + Seven Strategies for Cultivating Gratitude. How to Turn on the Part of Your Brain That Controls Motivation. We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don’t do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though.

Memories Can Be Inherited, and Scientists May Have Just Figured out How. In Brief. What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25. Neural lace has been invented to organically connect your brain with a computer. Scientists from China and the US have found a pioneering way to inject a tiny electronic mesh sensor into the brain that fully integrates with cerebral matter and enables computers to monitor brain activity.

What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25. Science Shows How the Brains of Intelligent, Successful People Are Different From Everyone Else. Millennials can’t handle free speech, study suggests. Antidepressant with novel action appears safe and effective in phase 1b clinical trial. Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain. Why Can’t People Disagree Without Taking Things So Damn Personally? How stress affects your brain - Madhumita Murgia. Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving. The Nightmare Is Over: Researchers Discover the Switch for REM Sleep. Why can’t we read anymore? Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains.