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Cognitive Skills: The Foundation for Learning

Cognitive Skills are the mental processes our brains use to take in, organize, understand and retrieve information. So much of what happens in our brains are processes we aren’t even aware of when they happen. But while they may happen non-consciously, they define our ability to learn.

Two Types of Brain Waves – Two Types of Memory

Neuroscience researchers at MIT have been able to distinguish between brain waves associated with explicit learning and implicit learning. The fact that different types of brain waves are involved underscores the importance of teachers understanding the difference between the two types of memory and the different strategies that will be effective in the two types of learning.

New Research on Memory Training

Recently published research from Johns Hopkins University pitted two types of working memory training against each other, but it didn't translate into general intelligence. Here's why not.

Check Your Financial Literacy

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has been studying the financial knowledge of adults in the U.S. through a short 5-question quiz as part of its Financial Capability Study. Sadly, Americans do not fare very well. Happily, the questions could easily be turned into engaging classroom exercises for middle- and high-school age students

Case Study of BrainWare SAFARI in Adult Basic Education

Students at Pierceton Woods were able to complete the targeted number of sessions of BrainWare SAFARI within the eight-week term. The six students who completed a sufficient number of sessions in BrainWare SAFARI experienced significant improvements in multiple areas of cognitive processing

7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Brain Training Program

There are so many options – from clinical therapy to apps for your smartphone … from single-skill memory training to reading software for learning disabilities … and from crossword puzzles to neurofeedback. It’s confusing, to say the least. So here are 7 questions you can ask when you’re considering any kind of brain training program or tool. Happy National Train Your Brain Day!

Bullying Causes Long-Term Physical Brain Changes

If you think that bullying is something kids will someday get over, think again.  Research shows that bullying results in physical brain changes and serious long-term cognitive and emotional deficits.

BrainWare and Mindprint Implementation – Pierceton Woods Academy

Students at Pierceton Woods were able to complete the targeted number of sessions of BrainWare SAFARI within the eight-week term. The six students who completed a sufficient number of sessions in BrainWare SAFARI experienced significant improvements in multiple areas of cognitive processing

Human Brains Find Hidden Objects that Computers Can’t Find

Do you see the keys in this picture? That's because the human brain is really good at seeing partially obscured objects. New research conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle examined the interactions between the visual cortex and the prefrontal cortex when subjects tried to identify partially hidden objects.

Are You Ready for the First Report Cards of the Year?

The goal of cognitive training is to enable a student to become a capable, independent learner. While tutoring can be helpful, it typically will not address underlying learning issues. Particularly when students continue to be tutored year after year, just to get through school, that is not enabling them to learn independently.