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Imagining an action-consequence relationship can boost memory
Imagining an action between two objects (the umbrella being lodged in the door lock) and a potential consequence (not being able to lock the door) may help people improve their memory for relationships with other objects, according to a recent story.
From volunteer to decision-maker: How parents can play a greater role in schools
Schools tend to offer parents opportunities to volunteer that not only reinforce the top-down power structure of schools, but also cater to mostly white, privileged families, maintaining the institutionalized racism that marginalizes low-income families and families of color. What schools and districts can do instead is partner with families in meaningful ways.
Phonics works: Sounding out words is best way to teach reading, study suggests
New research has shown that learning to read by sounding out words (a teaching method known as phonics) has a dramatic impact on the accuracy of reading aloud and comprehension. There has been intense debate concerning how children should be taught to read. Researchers tested whether learning to read by sounding out words is more effective than focusing on whole-word meanings.
People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected
Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new study.
British Asian students more likely to receive negative media coverage
Media outlets continue to differentiate between British East Asian students and East Asian students in the UK education system, portraying the former in a negative, undesirable light, a new study reveals.
What do high school principals know about concussion?
When it comes to helping high school student athletes recover from concussion, support is needed beyond the athletic field. It is also essential when they return to the classroom. A new study examines principals’ perceptions about concussion.
Cultural activities may influence the way we think
A new study suggests that cultural activities, such as the use of language, influence our learning processes, affecting our ability to collect different kinds of data, make connections between them, and infer a desirable mode of behavior from them.
fMRI, EEG may detect consciousness in patients with acute, severe traumatic brain injury
A new study finds that the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography may be able to identify ICU patients with severe traumatic brain injuries who have a level of consciousness not revealed by the standard bedside neurological examination.
Are learning and unlearning bedfellows?
We know that sleep helps us integrate knowledge acquired during the day. But can we learn new things while sleeping? By exposing subjects to repeated auditory stimuli, a team of researchers has just demonstrated that the brain is capable of learning such sound patterns during certain sleep stages -- though they may be forgotten during deep sleep.
Elementary school: Early English language lessons less effective than expected
Seven years later, children who start learning English in the first grade achieve poorer results in this subject than children whose first English lesson isn’t until the third grade. The researchers evaluated data gathered in a large longitudinal study in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that was carried out between 2010 and 2014.