Do Smartphones Make You Dumber?
Research is now showing that just having your phone on your desk, even though it is turned off, results in poorer performance on demanding cognitive tasks than if the cell phone is out of sight and in another room.
Do Brains Blink?
The research says that our brains do, in fact, "blink," every time we shift our attention! When we shift our attention from one object to another, the activity of the neurons in the visual cortex is temporarily disrupted.
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.
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
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.
Quick Cognitive Health Check for Adults
There is a new online test that will give you an idea how strong your mental functioning is, particularly attention and short-term memory. And it will let you know if you should consult a medical professional.
Multitasking Does Not Make Us More Productive
There is plenty of evidence that multitasking is not what we think it is. A new study showed the negative impact of distractions on memory.
Exercise Facilitates Cognitive Development
We were reminded by National Exercise with Your Child Week about the importance of exercise for cognitive development for both children and adults. An NIH-supported study reviewed the available research and concluded that there is ample evidence of the cognitive benefits of physical activity for children.
Cognitive Skills are Major Factors in Reading Ability
While many educators still see reading as a matter of decoding and fluency practice, the reading process is far more complex. A new report from Digital Promise report cites cognitive skills, social-emotional learning, and student background information, in addition to traditional language and literacy skills, as essential for reading.
Toward a New Understanding of Intelligence
It’s time to throw out our old mental models of intelligence and start to embrace what David Shenk in his popular book of the same title, “the genius in all of us.”