Creativity, it is said, is intelligence having fun. It’s the ability to generate ideas, solutions or insights that are strikingly original, and yet feasible: in cognitive terms, a compelling creative idea doesn’t break down if one were to systematically tease apart its logic. At the same time, it weaves together concepts that were never before… Read more

Odor may alter the organization of relevant or fearful memories so that they are delayed in the de-contextualization process that occurs across time, suggests research from Boston University. Until now, the scent-memory connection has been something of an enigma. In fact, even the mechanisms that underlie memory formation in general have been debated in recent… Read more

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. Instead poor connectivity between hubs within the brain is much more strongly related to children’s difficulties[1]. Between 14-30% of children and adolescents worldwide have learning difficulties severe enough to require additional support. These… Read more

Babies born into bilingual homes change the focus of their attention more quickly and more frequently than babies in homes where only one language is spoken, according to new research. The study, led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), used eye-tracking technology to record the gaze of 102 infants carrying out a variety of tasks. The… Read more

Most scientists who study the brain believe that memories are stored through networks of synapses, or connections that form between neurons. Learning takes place as neurons form new connections and strengthen or weaken existing ones, giving the brain its so-called synaptic plasticity. There is growing evidence, however, that the intrinsic, built-in properties of the cells… Read more