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Sleeplessness Harms Women’s Thinking More Than Men’s?

You can understand why this study lit up my twitter feed recently. It makes a remarkable claim: women — but not men — experience working memory declines after a sleepless night. Why We Care We have at least two powerful



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Neuroplasticity and Myelin: Fascinating Brain Mysteries

Neuroplasticity and myelin are critical for the brain’s lifelong development, and essential for some of its most remarkable accomplishments. Continue reading



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Motivation vs. IQ: Which Is More Important?

In the “motivation vs. IQ” debate, the Gottfrieds’ research suggests that intrinsic love of learning sets students on a path to lifetime fulfillment. And, parents can help them get there by encouraging curiosity. Continue reading



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Surprise! The Unexpected Outdoor Class Advantage

But do your students have a point? Might there be good reasons to move class outside every now and then? Continue reading



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Getting the Best Advice about Learning

Occasionally I try to persuade people that neuroscience is fantastically complicated. In other words: we shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we don’t master it all. Today I spotted a headline that makes my point for me:   Hippocampus-driven feed-forward inhibition



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You Are Not a Nile Grass Rat…

Teachers should pay close attention to neuroscience and psychology research done on people. However, you should NEVER change your teaching practice based on research into non-human animals. Continue reading



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Do Musicians Really Have Better Memories?

Musicians have better long-term, short-term, and working memory than non-musicians. We don’t know why musician memory is stronger, but we have good hypotheses. Continue reading



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Motivating Retrieval Practice: Money Doesn’t Help

This study suggests that retrieval practice should–as much as possible–come in the form of very-low-stakes or no-stakes retrieval. Continue reading



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Top Neuroscience Stories of 2017, Wisely Annotated

The top neuroscience stories of 2017 help teachers understand the brain, its connection to the body, ADHD, and the guidance that science can offer teachers. Continue reading



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That Book You Were Just Reading…What Was It About?

If you read piles of books, you’re much less likely to remember the specifics of each one. The same holds true if you binge-watch This is Us or Mr. Robot. Or power your way through three movies in an afternoon. Continue reading



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