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Mice shed light on mental health, kids, COVID

The pandemic has forced many of us into isolation, which can lead to loneliness and other mental health concerns, especially for young people.

Monkeys beat humans in cognitive flexibility

When we go about solving problems, we are sometimes so fixed in our ways that we fail to explore more efficient solution strategies.

Cerebellum less involved than thought in dyslexia

Treatments, such as wobble blocks, that focus on the cerebellum in certain forms of dyslexia, may be ineffective.

No downside for colleges recruiting middle schoolers

The brain parts that make decisions aren't fully developed in 6th graders, so why do colleges ask them to make decisions that affect their lives?

Brain games may have no effect

Can you play "brain games" and increase your cognitive abilities? Probably not, a team of Canadian researchers believes.

In music performance, can you improvise or not?

The brain shows differential electrical activity between musicians who can improvise and those who, well, can't. Like me.

Check letter spacing to help kids learn to read

How can the spacing of letters in words be used to help young children who are having difficulty learning to read?

Dim light can make animals dumb

The neurons in the brain make fewer connections in dim light, but they recover quickly after bright light returns.

Brain shaped by native language and music

Our brains develop based on stimuli they receive, and some of that includes auditory stimuli, or sounds: music, language, other noises.

Smartphone addiction linked to chemical imbalance

Being "addicted" to a smartphone or the internet can be linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain, new research suggests.