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Music processing linked to foreign language learning

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The brain does better at processing auditory information in general when either a musical hobby or foreign language studies reinforce those parts of the brain,

About those important lessons in kindergarten

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What could the long-term effects be for toddlers who are growing up in a world without playdates and other social interactions?

Social distancing affects a fish’s brain

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The amount of a chemical in the brain of zebrafish is altered by the population density of the animal's social environment.

Distracted learning can be a big problem

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Distractions can impair learning, drawing resources from the same brain regions as the mastery of course material. What to do?

Exercise harder, remember more

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Scientists have found that the more vigorously you exercise, the stronger the response in the brain that helps your memory.

Mice shed light on mental health, kids, COVID

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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

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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

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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

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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

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