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Weird World: Education & Learning
September 28, 2020

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Expert Mathematicians Stumped by Simple Subtractions

Mathematics is seen as the pinnacle of abstract thinking. But are we capable of filtering out our knowledge about the world to prevent it from interfering with our calculations? Researchers have ...

Associating Colors With Vowels? Almost All of Us Do!

Does [a:] as in 'baa' sound more green or more red? And is [i:] as in 'beet' light or dark in color? Even though we perceive speech and color are perceived with different sensory organs, nearly ...

New Virtual Reality Tool Allows You to See the World Through the Eyes of a Tiny Primate

Imagine that you live in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, you're a pint-sized primate with enormous eyes and you look a little like Gizmo from the ...

Learning New Vocabulary During Deep Sleep

Researchers showed that we can acquire the vocabulary of a new language during distinct phases of slow-wave sleep and that the sleep-learned vocabulary could be retrieved unconsciously following ...
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Engaging Undergrads Remotely With an Escape Room Game

Researchers describe an alternative way to engage students: a virtual game, modeled on an escape room, in which teams solve chemistry problems to progress and ...

Quantum Physics Provides a Way to Hide Ignorance

Students can hide their ignorance and answer questions correctly in an exam without their lack of knowledge being detected by teachers -- but only in the quantum ...

For University Classrooms, Are Telepresence Robots the Next Best Thing to Being There?

Telepresence robots help university students learning remotely to feel more a part of the class, new research ...

Professors Need to Be Entertaining to Prevent Students from Watching YouTube in Class

Students think it is instructors' responsibility to ensure they don't surf the web in class, according to a new ...

Changing How a Country Types: New Keyboard Standard Makes Typing in French Easier

The French government is launching a new standard for keyboard layouts in France. The position of the letters (A-Z) will remain the same, but special characters like accents and punctuation marks are ...

Overnight Brain Stimulation Improves Memory

New research in humans demonstrates the potential to improve memory with a non-invasive brain stimulation technique delivered during sleep. The results come from a project that aims to better ...

The Problem With Solving Problems

As demonstrated in a series of new studies, researchers show that as the prevalence of a problem is reduced, humans are naturally inclined to redefine the problem itself. The result is that as a ...

People Recall Information Better Through Virtual Reality

Researchers conducted one of the first in-depth analyses on whether people learn better through virtual, immersive environments, as opposed to more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional ...

Students Learn Italian Playing Assassin's Creed Video Game

A professor has used video games to teach Italian, allowing his students to master two semesters worth of language acquisition through one intensive class for students new to the Italian ...

A Letter We've Seen Millions of Times, Yet Can't Write

Despite seeing it millions of times in pretty much every picture book, every novel, every newspaper and every email message, people are essentially unaware of the more common version of the lowercase ...

Does Dim Light Make Us Dumber?

Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain's structure and hurt one's ability to remember and learn, indicates groundbreaking research by ...

Pong Paddles and Perception: Our Actions Influence What We See

Most people think of vision as simply a function of information the eye gathers. For cognitive psychologists vision is a little more complicated than that. One researcher now faces head-on the notion ...

Experts Call for Ethics Rules to Protect Privacy, Free Will, as Brain Implants Advance

Neuroscientists call for ethical guidelines to cover the evolving use of computer hardware and software to enhance or restore human ...

Memory: Recognizing Images Seen Briefly Ten Years Previously

Recalling the names of old classmates 50 years after graduation or of favorite childhood television series illustrates the amazing abilities of human memory. Emotion and repeated exposure are both ...

'Turbo Charge' for Your Brain?

Two brain regions -- the medial frontal and lateral prefrontal cortices -- control most executive function. Researchers used high-definition transcranial alternating current stimulation (HD-tACS) to ...