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Job seekers with 'learning' attitude have more success
A joint study by University of Missouri and Lehigh University researchers found that job seekers with attitudes focused on 'learning' from the job-seeking process will have more success finding their dream jobs. (2015-01-21)

NYU researchers reveal how the mundane can be meaningful -- and remembered
It's not surprising that our memories of highly emotional events are quite strong. But can these events change our memories of the past? New York University researchers report that emotional learning can lead to the strengthening of older memories. (2015-01-21)

How do emerging market firms compete in developed markets? The case of India
How do some companies from less-developed nations go from 'zero to hero' in such a short amount of time relative to large Western firms? A new study in the Journal of Marketing suggests that learning from the experience of others, or indirect learning, plays a crucial role. (2015-01-21)

Snapchat-style teacher-to-student feedback gets thumbs up
Using FaceTime and maybe even temporary social media apps like Snapchat to give students video feedback on assignments could be more meaningful for learning than the age-old practice of teachers scribbling comments with a red pen, according to new research. (2015-01-14)

eLearning as good as traditional training for health professionals
Electronic learning could enable millions more students to train as doctors and nurses worldwide, according to research. (2015-01-11)

Practice really does make perfect
New research into the way in which we learn new skills finds that a single skill can be learned faster if its follow-through motion is consistent, but multiple skills can be learned simultaneously if the follow-through motion is varied. (2015-01-08)

Brain scientists figure out how a protein crucial to learning and memory works
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found out how a protein crucial to learning works: by removing a biochemical 'clamp' that prevents connections between nerve cells in the brain from growing stronger. The finding moves neuroscientists a step closer to figuring out how learning and memory work, and how problems with them can arise. A report on the discovery appears Jan. 7 in the journal Neuron. (2015-01-07)

Computer model explains how animals select actions with rewarding outcomes
Scientists from the universities of Manchester and Sheffield have developed a computer model charting what happens in the brain when an action is chosen that leads to a reward. (2015-01-06)

Human speech's surprising influence on young infants
America's preoccupation with the 'word gap' -- the idea that parents in impoverished homes speak less to their children, which, in turn, predicts outcomes like school achievement and income later in life -- has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to a rise in educational initiatives aiming to narrow the achievement gap by teaching young children more words. (2015-01-05)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants CMU $2 million to transform education in Humanities
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University a five-year, $2 million grant to use technology-enhanced learning to transform and enhance graduate education in the humanities. With a well-established legacy of pioneering technology-enhanced learning and through its Simon Initiative, a strategic, university-wide commitment to use technology-enhanced learning to improve learning outcomes for all students, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely positioned to advance digital scholarship and technology-enhanced learning in the humanities. (2014-12-19)

Of bugs and brains
The fundamental structures underlying learning and memory in the brains of Invertebrates as different as a fruit fly and an earthworm are remarkably similar, according to UA neuroscientists. (2014-12-18)

Research shows E.B. White was right in 'Charlotte's Web'
Psychologists conducted a bottom-up exploration of what it really means to be humble. They found that people see a unique dimension of humility akin to a love of learning. (2014-12-18)

Personality outsmarts intelligence at school
Recent research at Griffith University has found that personality is more important than intelligence when it comes to success in education and this needs to take this into account when guiding students and teachers. Furthermore these personality traits for academic success can be developed. (2014-12-16)

Naming people and objects in baby's first year may offer learning benefits years later
In a follow-up to her earlier studies of learning in infancy, developmental psychologist Lisa Scott and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are reporting that talking to babies in their first year, in particular naming things in their world, can help them make connections between what they see and hear, and these learning benefits can be seen as much as five years later. (2014-12-16)

Anyone who is good at German learns English better
Your literacy skills in your first language heavily influence the learning of a foreign language. Thus, anyone who reads and writes German well is likely to transfer this advantage to English -- regardless of the age of onset of foreign language learning. Foreign language lessons at an early age, however, pay off less than was previously assumed. In fact, they can even have a negative impact on the first language in the short run. (2014-12-10)

Distraction, if consistent, does not hinder learning
A new study challenges the idea that distraction is necessarily a problem for learning. Researchers at Brown University found that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during learning the task, people performed as if there were no distractions at either stage. (2014-12-09)

New report explores the use of digital games in the classroom during the learning process
A new report from the A-GAMES project, a collaboration between New York University and the University of Michigan, examines how teachers are using digital games in their classrooms to monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback. (2014-12-09)

Stroke: Promising results of an important study published in the scientific journal Brain
The majority of patients who survive a stroke usually continue to suffer from permanent motor disorders (hemiparesis) or a linguistic handicap (aphasia). A study of the Department of Neurology of CHU Dinant Godinne - UCL Namur, reveals an improvement in the efficiency of the brain activity when patients receive a treatment combining motor revalidation with non-invasive brain stimulation. (2014-12-09)

Kent State's SOLE Center researchers to study informal STEM learning experiences
While most can agree that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experiences outside of school can be exciting and engaging for young people, there is much that isn't known about its impact on short-term and long-term learning. That's why the National Science Foundation has recently awarded Kent State University, and its collaborative partners, a $115,000 grant to develop a prototype assessment tool to map informal STEM learning experiences. (2014-12-08)

Computers that teach by example
New system enables pattern-recognition systems to convey what they learn to humans. (2014-12-05)

Parasites and the evolution of primate culture
Learning from others and innovation have undoubtedly helped advance civilization. But these behaviors can carry costs as well as benefits. And a new study by an international team of evolutionary biologists sheds light on how one particular cost -- increased exposure to parasites -- may affect cultural evolution in non-human primates. (2014-12-03)

With age, we lose our visual learning filter
Older people can actually take in and learn from visual information more readily than younger people do, according to new evidence reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on November 26. This surprising discovery is explained by an apparent decline with age in the ability to filter out irrelevant information. (2014-11-26)

Elderly brains learn, but maybe too much
Learning requires both mental flexibility, or 'plasticity,' and stability. A new study finds that in learning a visual task, older people exhibited a surprising degree of plasticity, but had trouble filtering out irrelevant information, suggesting that their learning was not as stable. (2014-11-26)

Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson's patients
Learning-related brain activity in Parkinson's patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and Columbia University. (2014-11-25)

Out of danger: A neural basis for avoiding threats
Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have identified a key neuronal pathway that makes learning to avoid unpleasant situations possible. Published online in the Nov. 20 issue of Neuron, the work shows that avoidance learning requires neural activity in the habenula representing changes in future expectations. (2014-11-20)

Brain training using sounds can help aging brain ignore distractions
As we age, we have an increasingly harder time ignoring distractions. But new research online Nov. 20 in the Cell Press journal Neuron reveals that by learning to make discriminations of a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions, we can diminish our distractibility. A similar strategy might also help children with attention deficits or individuals with other mental challenges. (2014-11-20)

Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place
Brain scientists have long believed that older people have less of the neural flexibility, or plasticity, required to learn new things. A new study shows that older people learned a visual task just as well as younger ones, but the seniors who showed a strong degree of learning exhibited plasticity in a different part of the brain than younger learners did. (2014-11-19)

Lumosity presents 99,022-participant study on learning rates at Neuroscience 2014
The study, titled 'Optimizing Cognitive Task Designs to Improve Learning Rates in a Large Online Population,' analyzed game play performance from 99,022 participants, and found that participants operating closer to their performance threshold earlier in their experience with a cognitive task tend to have faster learning rates -- especially at higher levels of difficulty. (2014-11-18)

UT Arlington to lead $1.6 million research project focused on digital learning
The University of Texas at Arlington will lead a new Digital Learning Research Network dedicated to bridging the gap between digital learning research and its impact on practice. Partners in the research include Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Teachers College Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and others. It is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (2014-11-17)

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old
Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to Penn State researchers. (2014-11-12)

Statins reverse learning disabilities caused by genetic disorder
UCLA neuroscientists discovered that statins, a popular class of cholesterol drugs, reverse the learning deficits caused by a mutation linked to a common genetic cause of learning disabilities. Published in the Nov. 10 advance online edition of Nature Neuroscience, the findings were studied in mice genetically engineered to develop the disease, called Noonan syndrome. (2014-11-10)

Playing action video games can boost learning
A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally. (2014-11-10)

Less reward, more aversion when learning tricky tasks
We can easily learn by seeking reward or avoiding punishment. But either way, we'd rather have any task be easy. A new study finds a direct behavioral and physiological linkage between those inclinations: When even subtle conflict made an experimental task harder, it affected the perception of reward and punishment, skewing how subjects learned the task. (2014-11-04)

It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning
Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, but only if the guesses are close-but-no-cigar, according to new research findings from Baycrest Health Sciences. (2014-10-27)

Mathematical model shows how the brain remains stable during learning
Complex biochemical signals that coordinate fast and slow changes in neuronal networks keep the brain in balance during learning, according to an international team of scientists from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, UC San Francisco, and Columbia University in New York. (2014-10-22)

Mental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggests
A new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned before may boost later learning. (2014-10-20)

'Unifying the Mind:' Carnegie Mellon's David Danks outlines new cognitive architecture
Everyday thinking -- like reading this sentence to deciding which shirt to wear -- requires an astounding range of brain activity, yet cognition seems to happen seamlessly. In 'Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representation as Graphical Models,' Carnegie Mellon University's David Danks outlines a new cognitive architecture that explains two aspects of the human thought process: the ability to pay attention to only things that matter; and to use many different types of cognition to learn and reason about our world. (2014-10-17)

University of Toronto study finds that action video games bolster sensorimotor skills
A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do. (2014-10-17)

Cadavers beat computers for learning anatomy
Despite the growing popularity of using computer simulation to help teach college anatomy, students learn much better through the traditional use of human cadavers, according to new research that has implications for health care. (2014-10-16)

Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching
Myths about the brain are common among teachers worldwide and are hampering teaching, according to new research. (2014-10-16)

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