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Academic Achievement Impacts: Parental Involvement, Styles, Income, Media

Parents and researchers alike are interested in how to promote children’s academic competence. Academic achievement has been linked to many factors. In this article we discuss parental involvement, parenting styles, family income, as well as media and digital exposure. 

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Rapid Automatized Naming and Dyslexia: What Research Reveals

Rapid automatized naming (RAN) refers to the speed with which the names of symbols (letters, numbers, colors, or pictured objects) can be retrieved from long-term memory. People with dyslexia typically score poorer on RAN assessments than normal readers.

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Use Your Brain, Halve Your Risk of Dementia

Dementia is the loss of mental abilities and most commonly occurs late in life. Research from the School of Psychiatry at UNSW, led by Dr. Michael Valenzuela, showed that people who kept their brains active, for example, through work, leisure activities, or brain training, had half the risk of suffering dementia.

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Special Font for Dyslexia: Does it Work, and Why?

It would be revolutionary if the reading performance of children and adults with dyslexia could be improved by using a special font. This is exactly what a Dutch graphic designer, Christian Boer, aimed to do when he developed the font “Dyslexie” in 2008.

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Learning Is Optimized When We Fail 15% of the Time

To learn new things, we must sometimes fail. If you're always scoring 100%, you're probably not learning anything new. But what's the right amount of failure? Research found that the 'sweet spot' for learning is 85%.

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Study: Listening to Music ‘Significantly Impairs’ Creativity

The popular view that music enhances creativity has been challenged by researchers who say it has the opposite effect. Psychologists investigated the impact of background music on performance by presenting people with verbal insight problems that are believed to tap creativity. They found that background music 'significantly impaired' people's ability to complete tasks testing verbal creativity -- but there was no effect for background library noise.

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Simple Raisin Test Forecasts a Child’s Attention and Learning Capacity

A simple test using a raisin can predict how well a toddler will perform academically at age eight, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick.

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The Role of Working Memory in Reading

An important and consistent finding is that working memory problems interfere with reading comprehension. Reading is a complex skill that requires the simultaneous activation of many different brain processes.

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Thomas Edison Did Not Have Dyslexia, It Seems

Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman who developed many important devices. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors of his time, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. He was, apparently, also dyslexic.

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Napping During the Day Improves Brain Skills

According to research, it’s a good idea to take a brief nap during the day. Not only will you feel more refreshed, but a little siesta could help boost brain power and sharpen memory skills.

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Our Ability to Focus May Falter After Eating One Meal High in Saturated Fat

Fatty food may feel like a friend during troubled times, but new research suggests that eating just one meal high in saturated fat can hinder our ability to concentrate.

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A Learning Principle of Great Importance: Building a “Pyramid of Repetition”

There is most probably not a single person on this earth who learned to speak a language, learned to swim, skate, play golf, shift gears of a car — or read and write — without repetition. Repetition leads to fast, effortless, autonomous and automatic processing...

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