Monthly Archives: October 2017

Meet the Speakers: Dr. Sapna Cheryan

This article is the first in an occasional series where I’ll introduce people who will be speaking at an upcoming Learning and the Brain conference.   Dr. Sapna Cheryan, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, has been



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We Need a Bigger Boat

Because working memory is so important for learning, and because human working memory capacity isn’t as large as we wish it were, we would LOVE to be able to increase it. If we could make working memory bigger, then all



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Exercise and Learning

Does even a short bout of exercise immediately after learning help form long-term memories? A recent article, published by Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, suggests intriguing—even surprising—answer to this question. From a different perspective, this article also offers useful insights



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Maturation of the Hippocampus

Why do adolescents learn and remember specific information more easily than younger children? We have, of course, many answers to this question. For instance: working memory increases during childhood, and so adolescents have–on average–greater working memory capacity than younger students.



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TED ED Takes on the Mind Body Problem

Here’s a short video covering a long-debated question.



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The Neural Effects of Media Multitasking

If you’re attending Learning and the Brain’s “Merging Minds and Technology” Conference in November, you’re probably interested in Mona Moisala’s research. After all, Moisala wants to know if media multitasking influences distractibility among 13-24 year olds. That is: does switching from



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