News tagged with learning
(Medical Xpress)—The ease and immediacy with which we recognize familiar objects escapes our notice. However, a novel, ambiguous, or highly complex object requires practice to achieve such perceptual facility. ...
Neuroscience Jan 11, 2013 | 3.7 / 5 (6) | 3 |
(Medical Xpress) -- College and cramming often wheres theres one, the other is not far behind. That said, however, it has been recognized since the late 1800s that repeated periodic exposure ...
Neuroscience Mar 28, 2012 | 4.5 / 5 (21) | 3 |
Over the past few decades, neuroscientists have made much progress in mapping the brain by deciphering the functions of individual neurons that perform very specific tasks, such as recognizing the location ...
Neuroscience May 20, 2013 | 4.9 / 5 (12) | 1 |
(Medical Xpress)—Why do some children learn math more easily than others? Research from the Stanford University School of Medicine has yielded an unexpected new answer.
Neuroscience Apr 29, 2013 | 4.8 / 5 (4) | 0 |
For the first time, human embryonic stem cells have been transformed into nerve cells that helped mice regain the ability to learn and remember. A study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the first ...
Medical research Apr 21, 2013 | 4.4 / 5 (8) | 6 |
Neuroscientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have taken a major step in their efforts to help people with memory loss tied to brain disorders such as Alzheimer's ...
Neuroscience Apr 17, 2013 | 4.8 / 5 (5) | 1 |
(HealthDay)—A new class of sleep medications appears to help people fall asleep without causing grogginess the next day, researchers say.
Medical research Apr 03, 2013 | 4.5 / 5 (6) | 1 |
Glial cells – a family of cells found in the human central nervous system and, until recently, considered mere "housekeepers" – now appear to be essential to the unique complexity of the human brain. Scientists reached ...
Medical research Mar 07, 2013 | 3.7 / 5 (3) | 2 |
Though it's most often associated with disorders like diabetes, Harvard researchers have shown how the signaling pathway of insulin and insulin-like peptides plays another critical role in the body – helping ...
Neuroscience Feb 26, 2013 | 5 / 5 (4) | 0 |
Nitric oxide, a gaseous molecule produced in the brain, can damage neurons. When the brain produces too much nitric oxide, it contributes to the severity and progression of stroke and neurodegenerative diseases ...
Medical research Feb 04, 2013 | 5 / 5 (3) | 0 |
Scientists have found an early step in how the brain's inhibitory cells get excited.
Neuroscience Jan 30, 2013 | 5 / 5 (2) | 0 |
A rustle of undergrowth in the outback: it's a sound that might make an animal or person stop sharply and be still, in the anticipation of a predator. That "freezing" is part of the fear response, a reaction to a stimulus ...
Neuroscience Jan 28, 2013 | 5 / 5 (2) | 2 |
Using brain scans of children and adults watching Sesame Street, cognitive scientists are learning how children's brains change as they develop intellectual abilities like reading and math.
Neuroscience Jan 03, 2013 | not rated yet | 0 |
It's the least understood organ in the human body: the brain, a massive network of electrically excitable neurons, all communicating with one another via receptors on their tree-like dendrites. Somehow these ...
Neuroscience Dec 05, 2012 | 4.5 / 5 (2) | 2 |
Johns Hopkins researchers report the successful use of a form of MRI to identify what appears to be a key biochemical marker for cognitive impairment in the brains of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). In follow-up experiments ...
Neuroscience Nov 19, 2012 | 5 / 5 (5) | 0 |
Learning is acquiring new knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, preferences or understanding, and may involve synthesizing different types of information. The ability to learn is possessed by humans, animals and some machines. Progress over time tends to follow learning curves.
Human learning may occur as part of education or personal development. It may be goal-oriented and may be aided by motivation. The study of how learning occurs is part of neuropsychology, educational psychology, learning theory, and pedagogy.
Learning may occur as a result of habituation or classical conditioning, seen in many animal species, or as a result of more complex activities such as play, seen only in relatively intelligent animals and humans. Learning may occur consciously or without conscious awareness. There is evidence for human behavioral learning prenatally, in which habituation has been observed as early as 32 weeks into gestation, indicating that the central nervous system is sufficiently developed and primed for learning and memory to occur very early on in development.
Play has been approached by several theorists as the first form of learning. Children play, experiment with the world, learn the rules, and learn to interact. Vygotsky agrees that play is pivotal for children's development, since they make meaning of their environment through play.
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