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Building Math Confidence Carries Financial And Medical Outcome Benefits

Being good at mathematics is linked to better financial and medical outcomes – unless you don’t have confidence in your own abilities with numbers, new research suggests[1]. In two separate studies, researchers found that the key to success in personal finances and dealing with a complex disease was a match between a person’s math abilities […]

Neural Computation Relies On Compartmentalized Dendrites To Discern Inputs

Researchers at EPFL’s Blue Brain Project have discovered that dendrites, the neuron’s tree-like receptors, work together — dynamically and depending on the workload — for learning. The findings further our understanding of how we think and may inspire new algorithms for artificial intelligence. The analysis was performed using cells from the Blue Brain’s virtual rodent […]

Alzheimer’s Family History Associated With Impaired Learning

Adults having a close relative with Alzheimer’s disease do more poorly in online paired-learning tasks than adults without such a family history, new research has found. Additionally, this impairment appears to be worsened by having diabetes or a genetic variation in the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene linked to the disease. The findings may help identify […]

Language Learning Is Enhanced In People With Synesthesia

Grapheme-colour synesthesia provides a clear advantage in statistical learning – an ability to discern patterns – which is a critical aspect of learning language, an experiment led by University of Toronto psychologists has shown. The result provides insight into how we learn, and how children and adults may learn differently. Synesthesia is a family of […]

MDMA Reopens Critical Window In Brain For Reward Learning

The psychedelic drug MDMA (3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy), reopens a sort of window, or “critical period,” when the brain is sensitive to learning the reward value of social behaviors, Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have found. Their findings may explain why MDMA could be helpful in treating people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Critical periods were […]