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New Neuroscientific Evidence For Benefits Of Spaced Versus Massed Learning

Scientists and educators alike have long known that cramming is not an effective way to remember things. With their latest findings, researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, studying eye movement response in trained mice, have elucidated the neurological mechanism explaining why this is so. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, their results […]

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Postural Control Problems May Be A Core Feature Of Bipolar Disorder

A new study by motor control and psychology researchers at Indiana University suggests that postural control problems may be a core feature of bipolar disorder, not just a random symptom, and can provide insights both into areas of the brain affected by the psychiatric disorder and new potential targets for treatment. The study, “Postural control […]

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Hereditary Diseases Such As Epilepsy May Be Caused By Changes In Cerebellum Nerve Cells

Hereditary diseases such as epilepsy or various coordination disorders may be caused by changes in nerve cells of the cerebellum, which do not set in until after birth. This is reported by Bochum’s neuroscientists in the Journal of Neuroscience. The team of Prof. Dr. Stefan Herlitze, the Chair of the Department of Zoology and Neurobiology […]

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The Cerebellum Plays Important Role In Higher-Level Cognitive Abilities, Including General Human Intelligence

Research suggests that intelligence in humans is controlled by the part of the brain known as the cortex, and most theories of age-related cognitive decline focus on cortical dysfunction. However, a new study of Scottish older adults reported in the April 2011 issue of Elsevier’s Cortex suggests that grey matter volume in the ‘cerebellum’ at […]

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Brain Neuroimaging Illuminates The Role Of The Cerebellum In Learning New Mental Skills

Movements become skilled and automatic with practice so tasks like riding a bicycle can be performed without much attention or mental effort. New research by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London provides evidence that the cerebellum, a part of the brain used to store memories for skilled movements, could also store memories important for […]

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