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Substitute to Coffee? To sync brain waves to improve performance

eLearningworld News New research from Boston University shows that brain waves can be hacked in order to improve cognitive skills and could eventually work as a substitute to coffee. The focus of the research has been directed on two brain areas the medial frontal cortex that handles situations when you make a mistake or get surprised, and the lateral prefrontal cortex with focus on rules and goals. These are the two brain areas that often… Continue reading

Strategy Games or Action Games which Cognitive skills do they train?

eLearningworld News A new study shows interesting results of how different video game types affect white matter in the brain and cognitive skills. The research focussed on the impact of strategy games and action games. The lead researcher of the study, Chandramallika Basak, PhD, Assistant Professor at The Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas at Dallas, explains. “When researchers use video games as a tool for cognitive enhancement, they assume that game performance relies… Continue reading

The secret of humans long-term memory, new research

eLearningworld News After 30-year of research, John Lisman, Zalman Abraham Kekst Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Biology, Brandeis University, has discovered the molecule that stores long-term memories. The research study presented  in the online edition of Neuron is seen as a major breakthrough as it solves one of the oldest mysteries of neuroscience on how the brain creates and retain memories. And as it opens up several new interesting direction for further research. “Just… Continue reading

Shooter games can actually harm your brain, new research shows

eLearningworld News Action video games can do more harm than good for your cognitive skills a new study from the University of Montreal suggests. Greg West, an associate professor of psychology at UdeM, that in collaboration associate professor of psychiatry Véronique Bohbot with McGill University, made the study, comments the result in the following way: “Video games have been shown to benefit certain cognitive systems in the brain, mainly related to visual attention and short-term… Continue reading

Latest News: Serious computer games improves student performance in reading and math

eLearningworld News from US New research from Yale University shows a correlation between using brain training games and boosting the performance both when comes to reading skills as well as math skills. The game called “Activate” that was used is developed by Yale and Dr Bruce Wexler, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Yale and lead author of the study, gives the following description the game:  “The program increases focus, self-control and memory – cognitive skills essential… Continue reading

Latest News: Neuroscience research supports Kant’s Human Response to Artwork theory

eLearningworld News from the Netherlands A team from Erasmus University in Rotterdam has tested how the unconscious brain responds to art. The results show that if we are being told that an image is an artwork or not we automatically change our response, either by upgrading or downgrading the emotional experience. The research method was based on two experiments with 24 students. They were asked to evaluate pictures, some of real events and some of artworks,… Continue reading

Latest News: New research shows how the brain works with mathematics

eLearningworld News from France Research from CEA-Inserm-Université Paris Sud-Collège de France has discovered the network of brain regions involved in advanced mathematics and also simpler arithmetic operations. The research method that was used was to study the brains of fifteen professional mathematicians using functional MRI where MRI images were taken while they thought for four seconds about advanced mathematical and non-mathematical statements. The result shows that the network is only activated when numbers are seen… Continue reading

Latest News: Lifelong Learning – New research shows the impact of learning a new language

eLearningworld News from Scotland Research from the University of Edinburgh carried out with students of all ages shows that learning a new language not only develop a new vital skill, it also improves a person’s attention. Already, within a week of study improvements starts to appear and with regular practice the progress will continue. The study includes 33 students aged 18 to 78 students that was taking part in a one-week Scottish Gaelic course and… Continue reading

What technology does with curiosity to learn

eLearningworld Weekly Review Curiosity is the driving-force that works to fill the gap between what we know and what we want to know. Torah Kachur CBC science columnist writes: “You can think of it like a mental itch, and the only way to scratch the itch is to seek out new knowledge.” To put fuel on this driving-force is even more important today than before the digital technology boom. This is one of the key… Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 3: Brain gym

Working memory could be described as the ability to keep information accurate during a short time-period and it is also required in order to control the capability of concentration. This ability could be trained. Not only the body must be kept in shape but also the brain must exercise in order to function accurately and to develop. Experiments on adults shows that brain gymnastics can improve the working memory and the concentration capability with up… Continue reading