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Virtual Reality Lab to monitor how People respond to Stress

eLearningworld News The U.S. Army and Tufts University are researching what people are thinking and how they handle stress. The main environment of the research is a Virtual Reality Lab that opened in Medford, Massachusetts 2016. The interactive research is focusing on supporting soldiers and field-workers like firefighters where the aim is to measure, predict and enhance people’s cognitive capabilities for better problem-solving in critical situations. In the Virtual Reality Lab, individual’s or a team’s… Continue reading

What AI can tell about the human brain, new research

eLearningworld News It is an often used method to use research of the human brain to develop AI-applications, but what happens if we turn the perspective around? What if the research is directed on artificial intelligence aiming to better understand the human brain? Aude Oliva of MIT said the following 25th annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS): “The fundamental questions cognitive neuroscientists and computer scientists seek to answer are similar. They have a… Continue reading

Foreign Language skills improves by Listening to Vocabulary in Sleep, study shows

eLearningworld News A research project from Oxford University by Thomas Schreiner and Björn Rasch has put the hypothesis that listening to a foreign language during sleep can help improve vocabulary. Since sleep has a beneficial role in memory consolidation. To investigate the hypothesis in practice totally 68 healthy humans were involved whereof 32 female that was divided into four different groups. Everybody had German mother tongue and without any Dutch language skills where the vocabulary… Continue reading

To understand how common-sense works, new research

eLearningworld News Previous research has shown that adults by observing how much effort that is required to obtain a goal has direct impact on the motivation to go forward towards the goal. This is basically a calculation of value and effort in accordance with the economic theory of rational choice. A new joint research project of MIT and Harvard shows that this result can be referred to babies as young as 10 months old. Josh… Continue reading

Bilingual people using different approaches in math depending on which language used

eLearningworld News As the labour market speeds up its globalization, the mobility of students continue to increase and migration in general follow on the same path, bilinguality, meaning speaking more than one language on advanced level, will be more and more common. New research from University of Luxembourg shows that calculatory processes in math are directly affected by language. That the students use different approaches to solve more advanced tasks depending on which language they… Continue reading

The connection between skills training and general intelligence explored

eLearningworld News Most cognitive abilities are positively related psychology research has found, which means that a person that has developed reasoning abilities also generally has better skills in e.g. vocabulary. This factor has been termed “G” or general intelligence, but how this underlying mechanism develops has remained in the shadows until now. To find out what the g-factor really is scientists from Cambridge University has performed a longitude study where 785 people, ages 14 to… Continue reading

Physical fitness training can significantly enhance cognitive training

eLearningworld News A new study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that athletes cross-training to gain physical skills works in a similar way for cognitive training too. The result is based on a 18-week study of 318 healthy young adults. The research leader, Aron Barbey, a professor of psychology, comments the study in the following way: “Learning provides the foundation for acquiring new skills and updating prior beliefs in light of new knowledge and… Continue reading

69% IT-professionals says online learning more effective than offline education

eLearningworld News In a survey targeting  IT-professionals in India about how they want to learn the main results shows that a large majority prefer online learning instead of offline education. Only 8% believed instructor-led classes to be effective learning, while they preferred freedom in learning instead of directed. The learning styles the 568 IT-professionals that participated in the survey preferred was Just-in-time learning, it should be byte-sized with different forms of repetition. The most interesting… Continue reading

Cultural differences affect Cognitive Skills, according to new research

eLearningworld News A new study led by the University of Cambridge that was published in the journal Psychological Science shows important differences in cognitive skills among young people, while these differences are not recognized among their parents. The research targeted totally 1428 children and their parents in United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Everybody completed the same four tasks that measured executive function skills related to inhibition, working memory, task switching, and planning. For instance when… Continue reading

How skills develop with online video gaming

eLearningworld News Learning by doing is the foundation of skills development, but what kind of practice works best? Jeff Huang, a computer science professor at Brown University and his research team used data from online video games, not only to study what kinds of practice that makes people acquire skills, but also how the performance could be optimized into other fields. Professor Huang comments the results of the research in the following way: “What this… Continue reading