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Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits by Daniel Goleman, The New York Times, May 12, 2014 Some studies show that mindfulness training and cognitive therapy can achieve good results for increasing concentration.

To Smoosh Peas Is to Learn

To Smoosh Peas Is to Learn by Perri Klass M.D., The New York Times, December 23, 2013 A study published this month found that playing with their foods is a way for toddlers to learn what they are.

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success by Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times, September 18, 2013 Physically fit children absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new study finds, raising timely questions about the wisdom of slashing schools’ physical education programs.

How Exercise Can Help Us Learn

How Exercise Can Help Us Learn by Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times, August 7, 2013 Is it better to exercise before you learn something new? What about during? And should the exercise be vigorous or gentle? Two new studies helpfully tackle those questions. “For now, though, there is some practical takeaway from the current […]

School Curriculum Falls Short on Bigger Lessons

School Curriculum Falls Short on Bigger Lessons by Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times, September 5, 2011 Many child development experts worry that … the ever-growing emphasis on academic performance and test scores means many children aren’t developing life skills like self-control, motivation, focus and resilience, which are far better predictors of long-term success than high […]

Understanding ‘Ba Ba Ba’ as a Key to Development

Understanding ‘Ba Ba Ba’ as a Key to Development By PERRI KLASS, M.D. New York Times, October 11, 2010 …Babble is increasingly being understood as an essential precursor to speech, and as a key predictor of both cognitive and social emotional development. And research is teasing apart the phonetic components of babble, along with the […]

Taking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too

Taking Early Retirement May Retire Memory, Too by Gina Kolata New York Times, 10/11/10 The two economists call their paper “Mental Retirement,” and their argument has intrigued behavioral researchers. Data from the United States, England and 11 other European countries suggest that the earlier people retire, the more quickly their memories decline. The implication, the […]

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits by Benedict Carey, NY Times, September 6, 2010 … there are effective approaches to learning, at least for those who are motivated. In recent years, cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying…. […]

Little-Known Disorder Can Take a Toll on Learning

Little-Known Disorder Can Take a Toll on Learning By TARA PARKER-POPE in NY Times 4/27/2010 The symptoms of A.P.D. [Auditory Processing Disorder]— trouble paying attention and following directions, low academic performance, behavior problems and poor reading and vocabulary — are often mistaken for attention problems or even autism