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Childhood smog exposure linked to poor reading, math abilities

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Jul 14, 2021 … NEW YORK — Studies continue to show that exposure to air pollution and smog can be detrimental to our physical health. Now, researchers from Columbia University find childhood smog exposure can also harm cognitive health and learning ability. Their study reveals children encountering elevated air pollution levels are more likely to exhibit more impulsive behavior later…

The more languages you speak, the easier it is for the brain to learn more

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Apr 05, 2021 … TOKYO, Japan — For those of us confined to knowing just one language, learning an additional dialect can feel impossible. Many bilinguals, however, marvel at the language skills of multilinguals (individuals fluent in three or more languages). Interestingly, a new Japanese study reports the collection of ground-breaking neurological evidence indicating lingual skills are additive. In other…

An eye for a robotic eye: Study predicts ‘smooth interactions’ between people and humanoid robots

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Jan 20, 2021 … TAMPERE, Finland — They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the future however, that may change to “humanity is in the eye of the beholder.” A fascinating, futuristic new study finds making eye contact with a robot likely evokes the same physiological responses as locking eyes with a real person. Due to…

Life really may be unique to Earth: Study shows that even planets in the ‘habitable zone’ are inhospitable

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Dec 28, 2020 … SYDNEY — Astronomers and space fanatics across the glove have long sought to answer the question of whether or not there are other planets like Earth out there. One study may put a disappointing end to that search. Researchers from the University of Sydney say that life really may be unique to Earth, after all. Prior…

Recognition of High Achievers Motivates Underachievers, Study Finds

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Dec 22, 2020 … KONSTANZ, Germany — Need a motivational boost? Attending an awards ceremony might do the trick. A German study of college students finds that while public recognition can motivate students to perform at a higher level, it’s actually the ones who weren’t praised who wind up showing improvement in the future. Researchers at the University of Konstanz examined 300 freshman…

‘Concerning’ study finds 4 in 5 social studies teachers feel unqualified to teach civics

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Dec 08, 2020 … SANTA MONICA, Calif. — After a tumultuous election season, the only thing most Americans probably agree on is that they don’t agree on much. A new report is finding that part of the political polarization sweeping the nation may be starting in the schools. Researchers for the RAND Corporation say the majority of social studies teachers…

Osteoarthritis detected years before symptoms appear thanks to AI technology

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Sep 30, 2020 … PITTSBURGH — “The doctor will scan you now.” That phrase sounds pretty weird at first, but it just may become the new norm in medical offices the world over in the years and decades to come. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new machine learning-based AI algorithm capable of…

Study: People adept at unconscious learning more likely to believe in God

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Sep 19, 2020 … WASHINGTON — Attempting to use science as a means of understanding faith and religion sounds like a fool’s errand at first consideration. But, a new study just released by Georgetown University offers up a fascinating take on why certain people tend to hold stronger religious beliefs than others. The study finds that people who are naturally…

Study: People filter out certain information to protect their happiness

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Sep 04, 2020 … PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Is ignorance truly bliss? Too much of anything isn’t necessarily a good thing and a recent study says that goes for information too. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and Harvard Universities find some people prefer to filter out information that poses as a threat to their happiness. “Economists have long thought ‘the…

Nearly 100 common drugs linked to increased risk of thinking and memory problems

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Sep 04, 2020 … MINNEAPOLIS — A new study is sounding the alarm for patients taking dozens of common prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Researchers find that taking a particular class of drug, anticholinergics, increases the risk of developing mild thinking and memory problems. The study shows there are about 100 of these types of drugs in widespread use. These…

Smartphone, dim wits: Grades suffer when students use digital devices for homework help

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Aug 19, 2020 … NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — It’s never been easier for the average student to find the answer to a tough homework question. A quick Google search will provide accurate insight into pretty much any query these days. Is instant access to any piece of information actually conducive to learning, though? Based on test scores, it doesn’t look…

Despite outperforming men, women undergraduates in science remain undervalued

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Jul 27, 2020 … FORT COLLINS, Colo. – According to modern beliefs, the key to reducing gender bias in science is to increase the number of women in science. However, a new study by researchers at Colorado State University refutes this idea, finding that women still experience gender bias among peers. This holds true even in fields where they…