Reading in the presence of a canine friend may be the page-turning motivation young children need, research from the University Of British Columbia suggests. “Our study focused on whether a child would be motivated to continue reading longer and persevere through moderately challenging passages when they are accompanied by a dog,” said Camille Rousseau, a… Read more

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center traveled down the pathways in the brains of mice that trigger fear responses, and which normally extinguish the behaviors once the danger has passed, in order to explore how fear becomes entrenched. Their scientific journey, detailed recently in Nature Neuroscience[1], challenges conventional wisdom about how the brain is “remodeled”… Read more

When mice learn to do a new task, their brain activities change over time as they advance from ‘novice’ to ‘expert.’ The wiring of cell circuits and the activities of neurons reflect the changes, new research shows[1]. Using a two-photon imaging microscope and a wealth of genetic tools, researchers found that neural networks become more… Read more

Intelligence could play a role in learning music, according to a Michigan State University study that investigated the early stages of learning to play the piano[1]. The study may be the first to examine the relationship between intelligence, music aptitude, and growth mindset in beginner pianists. A growth mindset refers to whether students believe they… Read more

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… Read more