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Learning new vocabulary during deep sleep

January 31, 2019

Researchers showed that we can acquire the vocabulary of a new language during distinct phases of slow-wave sleep and that the sleep-learned vocabulary could be retrieved unconsciously following waking. Memory formation appeared to be mediated by the same brain structures that also mediate wake vocabulary learning. Read More

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Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creatively

December 10, 2018

The human brain needs to suppress obvious ideas in order to reach the most creative ones, according to scientists. These obvious associations are present in both convergent thinking (finding an ‘out-of-the-box’ solution) and also in divergent thinking (when individuals have to come up with several creative ideas). Read More

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Breathing through the nose aids memory storage

October 22, 2018

The way we breathe may affect how well our memories are consolidated (i.e. reinforced and stabilized). If we breathe through the nose rather than the mouth after trying to learn a set of smells, we remember them better. Read More

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How the brain suppresses the act of revenge

August 21, 2018

Researchers have developed an economic game in which a participant is confronted with the fair behavior of one player and the unfair provocations of another player. They observed which areas were activated as the participant experienced unfairness and anger. Then scientists gave the participant the opportunity to take revenge. They thus identified the location in […]

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Robots have power to significantly influence children’s opinions

August 15, 2018

Young children are significantly more likely than adults to have their opinions and decisions influenced by robots, according to new research. Read More

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A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers

August 9, 2018

A fantastical scenario involving a space-exploring robot crashing on a distant planet is the premise of a video game developed for middle schoolers by researchers to study whether video games can boost kids’ empathy, and to understand how learning such skills can change neural connections in the brain. Read More

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Brain activity cautions against buying stocks

July 26, 2018

Despite long-term profit expectations, many people shy away from investing their money in supposedly riskier forms of investment. Why? Scientists have now developed a model that makes real-life stock buying behavior comprehensible for the first time. The researchers combined socioeconomic, psychological and neuroscientific data in an innovative way. Read More

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Overnight brain stimulation improves memory

July 23, 2018

New research in humans demonstrates the potential to improve memory with a non-invasive brain stimulation technique delivered during sleep. The results come from a project that aims to better understand the process of memory consolidation, which could translate into improved memory function in both healthy and patient populations. Read More

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The problem with solving problems

June 28, 2018

As demonstrated in a series of new studies, researchers show that as the prevalence of a problem is reduced, humans are naturally inclined to redefine the problem itself. The result is that as a problem becomes smaller, people’s conceptualizations of that problem become larger, which can lead them to miss the fact that they’ve solved […]

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People recall information better through virtual reality

June 13, 2018

Researchers conducted one of the first in-depth analyses on whether people learn better through virtual, immersive environments, as opposed to more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional desktop computer or hand-held tablet. The researchers found that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment. Read More

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