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Article ID: 713290

NUS pilot study opens new possibilities for AI to enhance cognitive performance

National University of Singapore

Results of a pilot study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore provided evidence that an artificial intelligence known as CURATE.AI has the potential to enhance learning, and could pave the way for promising applications in personalised digital therapy, including the prevention of cognitive decline.

22-May-2019 7:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 713267

A super tool helps kids with autism improve socialization skills

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

A team of NIH-funded researchers at Stanford University Medical School has found that children with autism improved measurably on a test of socialization and learning when their therapy included an at-home intervention with Google Glass. The smart system of eye wear and mobile-phone-based games helped the children with autism understand emotions conveyed in facial expressions.

21-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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    14-May-2019 1:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 712654

New Study Shows Toddlers Are Great at Getting the Conversation Started

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Conversation is an important part of what makes us human. Previous research has shown that children begin to develop this skill at a young age. While many assume that mothers instigate communication with their children, new research suggests that children are the ones who get the conversation started. “I was surprised that kids were drivers of conversation,” said Mark VanDam, who will present his team’s research findings at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

10-May-2019 11:15 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 712660

How Much Language Are Unborn Children Exposed to in the Womb?

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The different soundscapes of NICUs has recently attracted interest in how changes in what we hear in our earliest days might affect language development in the brain. One ongoing study is hoping to better understand these differences by painting a clearer picture of what kinds of sounds full-term infants are exposed to in the womb. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are conducting one of the first studies on how often full-term fetuses hear spoken language before birth. They will present their preliminary findings at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

10-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712801

Study: Treats Might Mask Animal Intelligence

Johns Hopkins University

Rewards are necessary for learning, but may actually mask true knowledge, finds a new Johns Hopkins University study with rodents and ferrets.

13-May-2019 5:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712588

Want to Expand Your Toddler’s Vocabulary? Find Another Child

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Children glean all kinds of information from the people around them. In particular, children mimic and learn speech patterns from their family. Previous work has shown that infants attend selectively to their mother’s voice over another female’s voice. But new research suggests that children learn new words best from other children. Yuanyuan Wang will present research findings from a collaborative work with Amanda Seidl from Purdue University at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

10-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Article ID: 712682

Adults Taking Cognitive Enhancers to Boost Mental Abilities at Work Considered Largely Acceptable by the Public

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The general public largely views the use of cognitive enhancers such as Adderall as an acceptable practice when used by adults in the workplace, suggests a new study from Penn Medicine neurologists, which published this week in AJOB Neuroscience.

10-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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    9-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 712484

Scientists Locate Brain Area Where Value Decisions Are Made

University of California San Diego

Neurobiologists have located the brain area responsible for value decisions. Data from thousands of neurons revealed an area of the brain called the retrosplenial cortex, previously not known for “value-based decision-making,” a behavior that is impaired in a range of neurological conditions.

7-May-2019 12:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 712628

Learning Language

University of Delaware

When it comes to learning a language, the left side of the brain has traditionally been considered the hub of language processing. But new research from the University of Delaware shows the right brain plays a critical early role in helping learners identify the basic sounds associated with a language. That could help find new teaching methods to better improve student success in picking up a foreign language.

9-May-2019 10:55 AM EDT

Article ID: 712256

Was Leonardo Da Vinci’s Dyslexia Responsible for His Brilliance

Thomas Jefferson University

Leonardo Da Vinci's spelling problems may have aided his artistic genius.

2-May-2019 8:05 AM EDT

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