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How Could Accidental Slipping Help Improve Motor Learning?

Learning is not only about acquiring knowledge and new information, avoiding mistakes that can cause harm is another key factor, and this works for both cognitive and motor learning. So, while a piece of information about scientific equations would guarantee you a good result in science, slipping or stumbling could help improve and prolong motor learning, according to a new study recently published in eNeuro.

Could Proficiency in Two or More Languages Improve Brain Function?

It is widely believed that active thinkers have better opportunities to maintain good brain health over time. People who keep their minds engaged in recent issues, keep good communication channels with others, have good nutrition, leisure habits, level of education, and keep learning throughout their time. Besides this, could being bilingual have a good effect on brain health and slow down brain aging? That is what a recent study from HSE University in Russia and North Umbria University in the UK has investigated.

Could Video games Help Boost Children's Intelligence?

Nowadays, it is rare to see a child who is not holding a smartphone or a tablet, with his eyes glued to the screen, fully absorbed by what they are watching. Indeed, screen time has been consuming a big chunk of children’s time.

How Can Biodiversity Help Reduce Extinction Risk in Birds?

Mother Nature is such a wholesome structure, in which everything is connected; whether in an apparent or hidden way. While some species are meant to be devoured by others, other species' existence at its core and the diversity they make helps others to survive and reduce their chances of extinction. This link has been highlighted by a new study from the University of Michigan, which found that higher levels of biodiversity, in general, seem to reduce extinction risk in birds.

Restoring Our Health: Sustainable Architecture and Mental Health

Recently, sustainability has become an overarching theme for many goals in different fields, highlighting the importance of current and future solutions, away from the tunnel vision that has wasted many natural resources and endangered many species on Earth.

Could Virtual Classrooms Help Preschoolers Develop Reading Skills

When asked to embody the learning environment in a sketch, our minds usually pick a scene in which a child is sitting in a classroom, reading or writing in an open book. Our minds normally link learning with physical classrooms; however, the pandemic has changed several concepts in different domains. In learning, while online learning has become a norm, virtual classrooms have replaced real ones in the space and the role they play.

How Can Language Change to Maximize its Efficiency?

Language and communication are inseparable; daily oral language changes to keep up with the evolving words and expressions, to make communication easier. Likewise, the American Sign Language (ASL), which is used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people and uses visual-gestural modality, has also changed over years to maximize the efficiency of its processing. Researchers in a new study from Boston University published in the journal Cognition suggest this is an evolution to make it easier for people to recognize signs.

Why Is Affective Speech Not Favorited by ASD Toddlers?

Adults usually use a simplified form of affective speech while talking to children to make words more melodic and easier to pronounce. This form of speech is called motherese; the language spoken globally by mothers to their newborns and toddlers in which a horse becomes horsie, a dog becomes doggie, etc. Although this way of communication may be favored by some babies, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) do not typically respond well to it. A new study published in January 2022 in the journal Nature Human Behavior indicates the reason behind this issue.

Contact with Nature and Children’s Health

A huge body of research has linked staying indoors for a long time with poor physical and mental health; on the other end are the benefits of spending time outdoors, in or near green spaces. A massive review of data from about 300 studies that evaluated evidence regarding how contact with nature affects children’s health positively, has shown that the existence of greenspaces near homes and schools is strongly associated with improved physical activity and mental health outcomes in kids. The review, which was conducted by Washington State University and University of Washington scientists, highlighted that these benefits of exposure to nature could be even more pronounced for marginalized groups, as they do not get the same exposure to these greenspaces regularly.

Napping, Creativity Boost?

While we might think sleep is a time of complete rest, different biological processes happen during this period. The body repairs cells and restores energy; the brain conducts heavy work to store information and memories; nerve cells communicate and reorganize, which supports healthy brain function. While deep sleep seems to have no competitor in important biological processes, dozing off has a critical role in boosting creativity.

How Could Climate Change Affect Birds Nesting?

The seasons are changing with every passing year; winters have become colder, summer has been bringing unbearable heat waves, while the in-between has been almost lost. What lies behind that is climate change, which has been shaping our lives differently.

Could Forgetting Be a Form of Learning?

Memory, sharp memory has always been a wish for many of us while studying, working, and conducting tasks that require recalling information previously acquired to succeed and act properly in a present situation. However, in other hard times, we wish to forget and stay oblivious while unwelcome memories keep sneaking into our minds.

Talking Fish; Fiction No More!

As it turns out, Finding Nemo and other works featuring talking fish are not completely fiction. A new study from Cornell University has found that fish can communicate with sound; such thing that we have been considering only fictitious. Researchers of the new study, which was recently published in the Journal Ichthyology & Herpetology, say that fish have been communicating with sound for at least 155 million years.

Could Action Videogames Improve Reading Skills?

While your child is challenging his/her enemy in a videogame and focusing on how to defeat them and win, with increased attention, you may find this to be just fun and entertainment for the child. However, could you ever imagine that video games could play a role in improving reading skills?

Doubling Class Videos Speed and Comprehension

Watching recorded lectures and learning videos during the COVID-19 pandemic has become ubiquitous and effective way of learning after face-to-face lectures and lessons became restricted at many times.