Rewards improve visual learning, but only after sleep

Rewards can boost visual perceptual learning tasks but only after getting some quality shut-eye, new research shows.

Brown University | Jan. 20, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology brains learning rewards sleep vision

Little kids learn gratitude, but revenge comes naturally

Children are eager to retaliate but need some help learning to repay a favor, research on reciprocity suggests.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology learning preschoolers social-lives

Sleep is key for zebra finches learning to sing

Sleep may allow birds learning to sing to remember the useful things they learned during the day, and forget what's not important.

U. Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds brains learning memory motor-skills singing sleep

Many brain areas work together for learning

Researchers have used lasers to "see" mice neurons while they were learning, which adds to evidence that learning takes the whole brain.

Rachel Butch-JHU | Jan. 2, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains learning neurons

Chimps that use tools for complex tasks pass those skills on

Chimpanzees that use tools and complex processes to get at termites are more likely to share those skills with their offspring, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Dec. 24, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology chimpanzees conservation learning

Kids remember more from animated digital books

Animated digital books that respond to children's voices can help kids get involved with their own learning and control the action

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon | Dec. 24, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture books learning mobile-devices parents reading

Autism interventions in ‘natural settings’ may work best

A new meta-analysis indicates that autism interventions that can take place in the park, at dinner, or at school, show the most promise.

M. Yvonne Taylor - UT Austin | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism communication learning social-lives speech

This type of neuron may revive brain plasticity

Controlling one type of neuron may reboot brain plasticity, the brain's ability to make new connections to adapt to its environment, research in rats shows.

Shawn Hayward-McGill | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains learning neurons

How to train computers faster for ‘extreme’ datasets

A new machine learning method is a faster way to train computers for extreme classification problems, like sorting the millions of products on Amazon.

Mike Williams-Rice | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology internet machine-learning

Imaging technique spots colorectal tumors with 100% accuracy

A new method that provides accurate, real-time, computer-aided diagnosis of colorectal cancer identified tumors with 100% accuracy in a new pilot study.

Beth Miller-WUSTL | Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer colon-cancer imaging-technology machine-learning

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