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Study Examines Risk of Early Death for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment

One of the first studies to look at a relationship between death and the two types of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or problems with memory and thinking abilities, suggests that people who have thinking problems but their memory is still intact might have a higher death rate in a period of six years compared to those who have no thinking or memory problems. The research was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014. The same was suggested in the study for those who are experiencing MCI with memory decline; however the first group had the highest death rate.

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Scripps Florida Scientists Identify Critical New Protein Complex Involved in Learning and Memory

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Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have identified a protein complex that plays a critical but previously unknown role in learning and memory formation.

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Coming Up with Explanations Helps Children Develop Cause-and-Effect Thinking Skills

Children learn more effectively when they are asked to explain and explore, new UT Austin research shows

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Narrowing of Neck Artery Without Warning May Signal Memory and Thinking Decline

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that narrowing of the carotid artery in the neck without any symptoms may be linked to problems in learning, memory, thinking and decision-making, compared to people with similar risk factors but no narrowing in the neck artery, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

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‘Consciousness Central’ TV Channel to Launch at Tucson Conference

Eastern and Western views about consciousness will clash at the 20 year anniversary conference ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness” which kicks off April 21 at the Marriott University Park Hotel at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Web-based TV channel ‘Consciousness Central’ will show plenary lectures, interviews with key figures, commentary and analysis, clips from previous conferences, scenes from the consciousness art show, poetry slam, ‘zombie blues’, and parties.

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Toddlers ‘Surprisingly Sophisticated’ at Understanding Unfamiliar Accents

A new University of Toronto study has found that by two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with accents the toddlers have never heard before.

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Study Examines Vitamin D Deficiency and Cognition Relationship

Study that looks at Vitamin D deficiency and cognition relationship in older adults adds to the existing literature on the subject.

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Babies Prefer Fairness – but Only if It Benefits Them – in Choosing a Playmate

Babies as young as 15 months preferred people with the same ethnicity as themselves -- a phenomenon known as in-group bias, or favoring people who have the same characteristics as oneself.

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What Songbirds Tell Us About How We Learn

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When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your basal ganglia made you do it. This area in the middle of the brain is involved in motor control and learning. And one reason for that errant toss or off-key note may be that your brain prompted you to vary your behavior to help you learn, from trial-and-error, to perform better. But how does the brain do this, how does it cause you to vary your behavior?

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Running, Cardio Activities in Young Adulthood May Preserve Thinking Skills in Middle Age

Young adults who run or participate in other cardio fitness activities may preserve their memory and thinking skills in middle age, according to a new study published in the April 2, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Middle age was defined as ages 43 to 55.

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