cognitive ability

You use your brain’s executive function every day – it’s how you do things like pay attention, plan ahead and control impulses. Can you improve it to change for the better? With highlights from her research on child development, cognitive scientist Sabine Doebel explores the factors that affect executive function – and how you can… Read more

The brains of more intelligent individuals are characterized by temporally more stable interactions in neural networks, a recent study finds[1]. Various theories have been proposed to explain the differences in individuals’ cognitive abilities, including neurobiological models. For instance, it has been proposed that more intelligent individuals make stronger use of certain brain areas, that their… Read more

Is perception of music an inherent trait in humans or is it acquired through learning? This is the subject of research by Juan Manuel Toro and Carlota Pagès Portabella, researchers at the Center for Brain and Cognition, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. From a general perspective, harmony in music is the balance of the proportions between the… Read more

The walking speed of 45-year-olds, especially their fastest walking speed without running, can be useful as a marker of their aging brains and bodies, new research from Duke University[1] suggests. Slower walkers were shown to have “accelerated aging” on a 19-measure scale devised by researchers, and their lungs, teeth and immune systems tended to be… Read more

You may have heard about Malcom Gladwell’s 2008 book Outliers – it featured a study in which the authors concluded that 10,000 hours of practice was all that it took to master the violin or the piano. It was a compelling concept as explained by Gladwell, and led to a lot of people citing the… Read more