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Students more engaged and attentive following outdoor lesson in nature
A study has found that children are significantly more attentive and engaged with their schoolwork following an outdoor lesson in nature. Teachers could teach uninterrupted for almost twice as long during a subsequent indoor lesson. Outdoor lessons may be an inexpensive and convenient way to improve student engagement.
Deaf children with cochlear implant learn words faster than hearing children
Each year many deaf children get a cochlear implant to connect to the world of sounds. So far, it was not clear which processes take place in these children when they start to learn language - and why they differ in the level of language they achieve. Now, researchers have found that deaf children with a cochlear implant learn words even faster than those with normal hearing.
Music and native language interact in the brain
The brain's auditory system can be shaped by exposure to different auditory environments, such as native language and musical training, according to new research. The results suggest that musical expertise does not enhance all auditory features equally for all language speakers.
Running helps brain stave off effects of chronic stress
The study finds that running mitigates the negative impacts chronic stress has on the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
Babies' babbling betters brains, language
Babies are adept at getting what they need -- including an education. New research shows that babies organize mothers' verbal responses, which promotes more effective language instruction, and infant babbling is the key.
Building and breaking connections: How neuronal networks influence alcoholism
Although it has been known that alterations in the connections between neurons in the brain likely play a role in alcohol dependence and other addictions, the cause-and-effect between these brain alterations and behavior has been less clear.
Effect of general anesthesia on developing brain
Scientists have reviewed scientific studies on the potentially adverse effects of exposing developing brains to general anesthesia.
Alzheimer's drug targeting soluble amyloid falls short in a large clinical trial
Researchers report that solanezumab, a monoclonal antibody-based treatment for Alzheimer's disease developed by Eli Lilly that targets amyloid plaques, did not significantly slow cognitive decline.
Bilingualism could offset brain changes in Alzheimer's
After more than a decade of research, this much we know: it's good for your brain to know another language. A new study goes further, however, focusing specifically on the effects of knowing a second language for patients with Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment.
Premature babies make fewer friends -- but not for long
Premature babies make fewer friends, feel less accepted by peers and spend less time socializing in early childhood -- but this improves when they get to school -- according to new research.