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Bilingual Kids Have Better ‘Working Memory’ than Monolingual Kids

A study conducted at the University of Granada and the University of York in Toronto, Canada, has revealed that bilingual children develop a better working memory — which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time — than monolingual children.

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Neuroplasticity: An Extraordinary Discovery of the Twentieth Century

In the past few years neurologists have dismantled, piece by piece, the entrenched view that the human brain is fixed and unchanging in adults. It was long believed that once we grow up, our brains have a set number of neurons performing functions in a fixed way.

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Exercise Improves Test Scores, Studies Show

Parents who want their children to bring home better report cards might consider adding exercise to the daily schedule. Researchers discovered kids who get more physical activity do better in school than children who don’t.

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Brain’s ‘Visual Dictionary’ Helps Skilled Readers to Identify Words Faster

Skilled readers can recognize words at lightning fast speed when they read because the word has been placed in a sort of visual dictionary, say Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) neuroscientists. The visual dictionary idea rebuts the theory that our brain “sounds out” words each time we see them.

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Air Pollution May Cause Brain Changes, Learning Problems and Depression

The health effects of poor air quality are far reaching, ranging from subtle biochemical and physiological changes to difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and aggravation of existing respiratory and cardiac conditions. Long-term exposure to air pollution can also lead to physical changes in the brain, as well as learning and memory problems and even depression...

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How the Brain Keeps Track of What We’re Doing

"Working memory" is what we have to keep track of things moment to moment: driving on a highway and focusing on the vehicles around us, then forgetting them as we move on; remembering all the names at the dinner party while conversing with one person about her job.

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Scientists Unveil the ‘Face’ of a New Memory

A century-old dream of neuroscientists to visualize a memory has been fulfilled, as University of California, Irvine researchers, using newly developing microscopic techniques, have captured first-time images of the changes in brain cell connections following a common form of learning.

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Adults with Learning Disabilities: The Discouraging Results

The number of reports on the status of adults with learning disabilities has increased considerably in recent years. Typically, researchers have asked adults with learning disabilities to describe their occupational, social, educational, and/or emotional status.

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Rodin, Patton, Edison, Wilson, Einstein: Were They Really Learning Disabled?

It has become fashionable to apply a variety of diagnostic labels to famous individuals who were not so diagnosed during their lifetime.

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