Old dog training methods teach robots new tricks

A robot named Spot has learned some new skills with training techniques that work on our four-legged friends, researchers report.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: dogs robots learning featured science-and-technology

Phones in class don’t actually hamper learning

New research bucks findings from other studies in finding that phones in class doesn't make it harder for college students to learn.

Charlotte Aabo - U. Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: education internet learning mobile-devices featured society-and-culture

Too many pictures hinder young kids’ reading

Extraneous pictures can draw young children's attention away from text and reduce reading comprehension in beginning readers, a new study shows.

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: learning reading books science-and-technology

More COVID-19 knowledge may cut your pandemic stress

"The more factual information people knew about COVID-19, the less stress they had," researchers report. "That was true across age groups."

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 stress learning featured health-and-medicine

More than one sleep stage matters for learning

Both REM and non-REM sleep stages are important for visual perceptual learning, research on brain plasticity finds.

Brown University • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sleep brains learning science-and-technology

Unique brain patterns fire off when you tie various knots

Once researchers figured out the brain's patterns for tying different knots, they could predict which knot study participants would tie before they started.

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brains learning science-and-technology imaging-technology

Teaching computers to teach boosts intelligent tutor systems

Intelligent tutoring systems can boost learning, but are difficult to create. A new method may simplify things so much that teachers could make their own.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: education artificial-intelligence learning computers science-and-technology teachers

Teaching computers to teach boosts intelligent tutor systems

Intelligent tutoring systems can boost learning, but are difficult to create. A new method may simplify things so much that teachers could make their own.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: education artificial-intelligence learning computers science-and-technology teachers

How do we adapt if COVID moves teaching online?

The spread of COVID-19 in the United States may force some schools to close. How should they, and parents, prep for a stretch of teaching online?

Kat Stein-Penn • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: education covid-19 parents internet learning society-and-culture health-and-medicine

More time visualizing an action improves your learning

Giving the mind more time for visualizing an action substantially improves learning. That new finding upends our ideas about getting better with practice.

Stanford • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: brains learning muscles science-and-technology

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