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Memories of . . . Halloween?
Halloween is the Celtic New Year, and New Year's is a time for reminiscing, right? So it's (sort of) fitting that the newest Writing Challenge is all about memory. Isn't it? And, if memory really isn't your cup of tea...
What's the Difference Between Classical and Operant Conditioning?

Learning can occur in a variety of ways. Two of the ways we often talk about in psychology are classical and operant conditioning. While these two conditioning techniques share some similarities, it is important to understand the differences between them.

One of the major differences involves the types of behaviors that are conditioned. While classical conditioning is centered on involuntary, automatic behaviors, operant conditioning is focused on voluntary behaviors.

Learn more about how these two types of conditioning work and the major differences between them: - Classical vs Operant Conditioning.

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What's the Difference Between Classical and Operant Conditioning? originally appeared on About.com Psychology on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 09:00:08.

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Learning Vocabulary through Similar and Opposite Words

Similar words that are the same in meaning are synonyms. Words that have an opposite meaning are antonyms. You can use synonyms and antonyms in lists to help you improve and broaden your vocabulary, as well as using vocabulary trees and other types of word charts. These techniques are much more effective than learning vocabulary by simply writing new words down in a list.

Learning Vocabulary through Similar and Opposite Words originally appeared on About.com English as 2nd Language on Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 14:25:21.

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New: How to Choose an Online Charter School

Many states now offer online charter school programs to residents at no cost. By enrolling in an online charter school, your child may be able to earn a high school diploma or make up missed credits without falling behind in a traditional school. How do you choose an online charter school? These six steps can help.

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Every week I send out an overview of the latest distance learning news as well as tips for online students. If you’re looking for ways to succeed in your virtual classes, need to find a distance learning program that fits your needs, or simply want to keep informed about the ever-changing world of online education, please subscribe. The About Distance Learning Newsletter is free.

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Parenting Style the Key to Whether Kids Get Enough Exercise

In a new study published in the journal Early Child Development and Care, researchers suggest that parenting styles may play an important role in their children's activity levels.

In the study, researchers from Oregon State University looked at 200 families with kids between the ages of two and four to determine how parenting styles impact children's physical activity levels.

While all the children spent a considerable amount of time sitting each day (between four to five hours), kids raised by parents with a neglectful or uninvolved parenting style were sedentary for 30 more minutes every day than children raised by parents with other styles.

"A half an hour each day may not seem like much, but add that up over a week, then a month, then a year and you have a big impact," explains David Schary, the study's lead author. "One child may be getting up to four hours more active play every week, and this sets the stage for the rest of their life."

Uninvolved or neglectul parents typically make few demands of their kids and tend to spend little time with their children. Previous research has suggested that children raised by neglectful parents also tend to be emotionally withdrawn, are more likely to exhibit delinquency during their teens and are at an increased risk for substance and alcohol abuse.

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and adolescents should engage in at least one hour of physical activity each day. The CDC also suggest that kids need to engage in aerobic activity such as running, muscle strengthening activity such as gymnastics and bone strengthening activities such as jumping rope as part of the minimum one hour physical exercise each day.

"When children are very young, playing is the main thing they do during waking hours, so parental support and encouragement is crucial," Schary suggests. "So when we see preschool children not going outside much and sitting while playing with a cell phone or watching TV, we need to help parents counteract that behavior."

More Information: Parents Key to Whether Kids Get Enough Exercise, Studies Find

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Parenting Style the Key to Whether Kids Get Enough Exercise originally appeared on About.com Psychology on Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 09:15:06.

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