Debbie Ballentine

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LOOK: What's Really Inside Your Bug Spray?

It's the height of summer -- and if you've been spending more time outdoors lately, chances are you've got a few (or more) bug bites to show for your time in the sun.<p>And while bites from pests are an inevitable part of summer, it's important to reduce your risk of bug bites from mosquitoes and …

Are Brain Games Bunk?

Brain games, we’ve been told, are a lot like exercise. You do them because you care about yourself, and want to invest in your body, and bask in the self-righteous glow of a better working memory and higher IQ. But do they actually work?<p>A new meta-analysis of 23 different studies about memory …

Disability

We've Been Looking for Consciousness in the Wrong Place

One of the problems in the contemporary neuro-scientific study of consciousness is really a basic fundamental one, which is that we’ve been looking …

A 93-year-old neuroscientist explains how memory works

At an age when some people are struggling with their own memories (and many others are just plain dead) neuroscientist Brenda Milner does an amazing …

Brain hacking: using neurofeedback to master conflicting wills in your mind

I've written before about Moran Cerf -- celebrated neuroscientist, former military hacker, and good-guy bank robber -- who also happens to be a great …

Novelty and the Brain: Why New Things Make Us Feel So Good

<i>We all like shiny new things, whether it's a new gadget, new city, or new job. In fact, our brains are made to be attracted to novelty—and it turns</i> …

The Brain

Intelligence linked to ability to ignore distractions

<b>People with higher IQs are slow to detect large background movements because their brains filter out non-essential information, say US researchers.</b><p>Instead, they are good at detecting small moving objects.<p>The findings come in a study of 53 people given a simple, visual test in Current Biology.<p>The …

Compassion Can Be Cultivated In The Brain, Study Finds

It's possible to become a more compassionate person by training your brain, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconson-Madison's Waisman Center found that engaging in compassion meditation -- where you practice feeling …

Consciousness; it's a science thing | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

I never expected a talk by a philosopher to be the most memorable TEDxCERN talk for me. But <b>John Searle</b> made it so<p>TEDxCERN was a lot of fun. The speakers were amazing, covering cosmology, cancer cures, underwater earthquakes, gender politics, ignoble bras, the Higgs boson (of course) and more. I …

The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

For the past half-century, sleep researcher <b>Rosalind D. Cartwright</b> has produced some of the most compelling and influential work in the field, enlisting modern science in revising and expanding the theories of Jung and Freud about the role of sleep and dreams in our lives. In <b>The Twenty-four Hour</b> …

How the brain controls a 'mind machine'

Previous work on "mind machines"A thought powered remote control helicopter has been developedThoughts have been used to steer a motorised wheelchairA range of reliable brain signals have been put to use in the world's first "brain orchestra"Even technology firms see potential in the idea; Samsung …

Earthworms' Avoidance Of Beetles Boosts Plant Growth, Research Shows

A frightened earthworm is a plant's best friend. Researchers testing the ecological role of the earthworm <i>Pheretima aspergillum</i> (pictured above) in an alpine meadow have found that when a beetle that preys on earthworms is present, plants grew more. The presence of the beetles also increased the …

The Early-Literacy Shift: New Words, New Media, New Friends

Literacy is changing. It really is. Even in my grade one classroom as the students begin to learn their letters and sounds, as they start to put …

10 Awesome Apps for Learning About Music, Nature, History and Math

<i>Continuing our monthly Educational Apps series, a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps.</i><p><b>STORYLINES</b>: The educational games-maker Root-1 has …

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Einstein imagined with his mind. Tesla imagined with his mind and built with his hands. Edison imagined with both. They all had extraordinary spatial …

10 Ways to Boost Your Game for Back-to-School

In just a few weeks, school will start again in most schools. For teachers gearing up for the new school year, here are some instructive articles …

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Here are a few strategies to employ to facilitate positive tablet learning habits:<p>Be clear with students at the outset of class whether tablets will …

Baby imitation works like ‘social glue’

<b>CARDIFF U. (UK) —</b>Babies mimic other people more faithfully at 15 months old than they do three months before—which suggests social bonding motivates …

Cardiff University

In preschool, autism treatment types are equal

<b>UNC-CHAPEL HILL (US) —</b> Young children with autism benefit from early intervention, no matter which kind of high-quality treatment they receive, …

Autism

Menopause worse for cancer survivors

<b>U. MELBOURNE (AUS) —</b> Women who’ve had cancer are more likely to experience severe menopausal symptoms than women who haven’t, but appear to be less …

Cancer

Beetles with green thumbs attack avocados

<b>PENN STATE (US) —</b> Beetles with an unusual talent for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could become an even more destructive pest, …

Penn State

Brain insights from daydreaming computer

<b>WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) —</b> A virtual model of the brain that daydreams like humans do could one day help better diagnose and treat brain …

Humanity

‘Exploration first’ boosts classroom learning

<b>STANFORD (US) —</b> Researchers who tweaked the “flipped classroom” model say students perform better when they do hands-on exercises in class before …

Education Technology

Childhood abuse raises drug users’ suicide risk

<b>BROWN U. (US) —</b> Screening for “severe to extreme” abuse in childhood could help public officials and care providers reduce suicides, say …

Mental Health

‘Commuter’ babies find it hard to bond

<b>U. VIRGINIA (US) —</b> Babies who spend at least one night a week away from their mothers may have trouble forming attachments to them, a new study …

Princeton University

‘Heater’ bees key to crafting honeycomb cells

<b>CARDIFF U. (UK) —</b> Simple mechanics and the hard work of specialist bees that shape semi-molten wax account for the hexagonal shape of honeycomb cells.<p>…

Cardiff University