Kids have better vocab by 3 when parents read to them

Regardless of their risk for facing learning, attention, or behavioral development problems, reading to kids is associated with better vocabulary skills.

Jennifer Forbes-Rutgers | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture attention language learning parents reading vocabulary

You’re more likely to mess things up without enough sleep

Sleep deprivation messes with our 'placekeeping' ability, which makes us make more mistakes on tasks that have more than a few simple steps.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine attention cognition sleep

Acetaminophen during pregnancy linked to higher risk of ADHD, autism later

"...parents and providers may want to consider the benefit and potential risk when making a decision on the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy..."

Johns Hopkins University | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine acetaminophen attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd autism childrens-health pregnancy

You learn more from success than failure

Though you've probably heard a lot about learning from failure, new research finds we learn a lot more from our successes.

U. Chicago | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture attention decisions emotions learning

Alpha brain waves are even more complex than we thought

Alpha waves related to memory and attention may not come out of a single process, which could complicate our understanding of the brain.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Sept. 16, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology attention brains eeg memory

Seniors multitask in this brain game like they’re 20

"The brain is not a muscle, but like our bodies, if we work out and train it, we can improve our mental performance."

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging attention brains cognition focus gaming older-adults

Your brain doesn’t recharge if you use your phone on break

"...the phone may carry increasing levels of distraction that make it difficult to return focused attention to work tasks."

Megan Schumann-Rutgers | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine attention brains jobs mobile-devices

Focus in kindergarten may predict future earnings

Boys and girls who had trouble paying attention in kindergarten at age 6 earned less money in their 30s, a new study shows.

Caitlin Kizielewicz Carnegie Mellon | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture aggression attention education money

‘Brain boost’ drugs hamper sleep and memory with little upside

Taking psychostimulants to do better in school or focus at work offers only a small short-term boost and can negatively affect your sleep and memory.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine attention college-students drugs memory sleep

Watching the news on smaller screens saps its impact

Watching news videos on your phone may keep you from paying attention in the same way you would with a larger screen size.

Jared Wadley-Michigan | July 10, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture attention journalism mobile-devices video

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