New pathways in brain’s amygdala discovered
Study provides evidence of the existence of a long-rage inhibitory pathway from the auditory cortex to the amygdala in the brains of mice. Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are pioneering an innovative brain study that sheds light on how the amygdala portion of the brain functions and could contribute to a better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
Largest meta-analysis to date suggests the effects of stereotype threat ‘range from negligible to small’
New research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology casts doubt on the idea that awareness of negative stereotypes substantially and systematically impair the performance of certain groups.
What's the best way to learn? The 85% rule says it's OK to make mistakes
Forget perfection. When it comes to learning, making a healthy number of mistakes is a more effective way of absorbing new skills than trying to be flawless, researchers reported Tuesday. But just how many mistakes are acceptable? Enter the “85% rule” or getting things right 85% of the time, an accuracy rate that’s the sweet spot when it comes to learning most efficiently, a study published in Nature Communications has found.
Do our reading lists determine how we process language?
Researchers behind a new analysis argue that the books that we have access to may shape the ways in which our brains process and organize language. The construction and use of the complex communication codes that we call "language" are an important part of what makes humans... well, human. And not only do we use language to serve our purposes, but, it turns out, language can also shape how we think and behave.
Link between hearing and cognition begins earlier than once thought
Lower levels of cognitive function were observed in people whose hearing was slightly impaired by aging but was still considered to be normal. The findings suggest cognitive impairment starts as soon as hearing becomes imperfect.