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Education & Learning News
February 18, 2020

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Later School Start Times Reduce Car Crashes, Improve Teen Safety

A study found that later school start times were associated with a significant drop in vehicle accidents involving teen ... read more

How Does Language Emerge?

How did the almost 6,000 languages of the world come into being? Researchers have tried to simulate the process of developing a new communication system in an experiment -- with surprising results: ... read more

High Amounts of Screen Time Begin as Early as Infancy

Children's average daily time spent watching television or using a computer or mobile device increased from 53 minutes at age 12 months to more than 150 minutes at 3 years, according to a recent ... read more

The Difference Between an Expert's Brain and a Novice's

In learning new tasks, neuron networks in the brain of mice become more refined and selective. Charting changes in neural activity can help inform the design of better computational models for ... read more
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Vaccine Misinformation and Social Media

People who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media, according to a new study. The study, based on surveys of ... read more

Reshaping Modern Play Spaces for Children's Health

A world first review of the importance of nature play could transform children's play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for ... read more

Inquiry-Based Labs Give Physics Students Experimental Edge

New research shows that traditional physics labs, which strive to reinforce the concepts students learn in lecture courses, can actually have a negative impact on students. At the same time, ... read more

Linguistics: The Pronunciation Paradox

Learners of foreign languages can hear the errors in pronunciation that fellow learners tend to make, but continue to fall foul of them themselves despite years of practice. A new study of shows that ... read more

Study Takes a Stand Against Prolonged Sitting

A new study shows classrooms remain overlooked when it comes to the health risks of sitting still for too long. Researchers found most students don't realize the health risks can't be ... read more

Literature Online: Research Into Reading Habits Almost in Real Time

Young people make intensive use of digital networks to read, write and comment on literary texts. But their reading behavior varies considerably depending on whether the title is from the world of ... read more

Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

Researchers have designed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that is better able to predict how much students are learning in educational games. The improved model makes use of an AI training ... read more

Novelty Speeds Up Learning Thanks to Dopamine Activation

Brain scientists have identified a causal mechanism of how novel stimuli promote learning. Novelty directly activates the dopamine system, which is responsible for associative learning. The findings ... read more

Children's Mental Health Is Affected by Sleep Duration

Depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior and poor cognitive performance in children is affected by the amount of sleep they have, researchers have ... read more

Early Life Experiences Biologically and Functionally Mature the Brain

Experiences early in life have an impact on the brain's biological and functional development, shows a new study by a team of ... read more

Aerobic Exercise Training Linked to Enhanced Brain Function

Individuals at risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) because of family history or genetic predisposition who engaged in six months of aerobic exercise training improved their brain glucose ... read more

Kids Diagnosed With ADHD Often Don't Take Medication Regularly

Children diagnosed with ADHD inconsistently take their prescribed medication, going without treatment 40 per cent of the time, a new study has ... read more

People May Lie to Appear Honest

People may lie to appear honest if events that turned out in their favor seem too good to be true, according to new ... read more

Praise, Rather Than Punish, to See Up to 30% Greater Focus in the Classroom

To improve behavior in class, teachers should focus on praising children for good behavior, rather than telling them off for being disruptive, according to a new ... read more

High School GPAs Are Stronger Predictors of College Graduation Than ACT Scores

Students' high school grade point averages are five times stronger than their ACT scores at predicting college graduation, according to a new ... read more

Biomarkers of Brain Function May Lead to Clinical Tests for Hidden Hearing Loss

A pair of biomarkers of brain function -- one that represents 'listening effort,' and another that measures ability to process rapid changes in frequencies -- may help to explain why a ... read more

Young Children Prefer to Learn from Confident People

Researchers found that young children between the age of four and five not only prefer to learn from people who appear confident, they also keep track of how well the person's confidence has ... read more

Nearly 9 in 10 Parents Say Teens Spend Too Much Time Gaming

Eighty-six percent of parents agree that teens spend too much time gaming, but many may be mistaken about the extent of their own child's video game habits, a new national poll ... read more

Infants Integrate Firsthand and Social Experiences to Decide When and How to Try

Persistence is important to learning and is related to success in school and emotional well-being. A new study of persistence shows that 18-month-old infants made rational inferences about applying ... read more

Real Risks Associated With Cannabis Exposure During Pregnancy

A new study has definitively shown that regular exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, during pregnancy has significant impact on placental and fetal ... read more

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