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Open Monitoring Meditation Could Help People Become Less Error Prone

If you are forgetful or make mistakes when in a hurry, a new study from Michigan State University — the largest of its kind to-date — found that meditation could help you to become less error-prone. The research tested how open monitoring meditation — a meditation type that focuses awareness on feelings, thoughts, or sensations […]

No Gender Difference Found In Brain Function Or Math Ability

1992: Teen Talk Barbie is released with the controversial voice fragment, “Math class is hard.” The toy’s release met with public backlash. But this underlying assumption persists, propagating the myth that women do not thrive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields due to biological deficiencies in math aptitude. Jessica Cantlon at Carnegie Mellon […]

Do Music Lessons Really Make Children Smarter?

In 2004, a paper appeared in the journal Psychological Science, titled “Music Lessons Enhance IQ.” The author, composer and University of Toronto Mississauga psychologist Glenn Schellenberg, had conducted an experiment with 144 children randomly assigned to four groups: one learned the keyboard for a year, one took singing lessons, one joined an acting class, and […]