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Fri, 28 March 2014

I wanted to let you know about a short-term deal I've got up at the Amazon Kindle Store: How to Learn and Mnemonics for Study in one volume, at a greatly reduced price. Don't know how long I'll leave it there; probably not long.Here's the link (should take you to whichever...

Tue, 3 December 2013

I'm pleased to announce that my new book "How to Learn: The 10 principles of effective revision & practice" is now available here in paperback. It should be available on Amazon within a week, and eventually elsewhere. Once it's...

Commentary at Mynd

Nice review in Scientific American of some of the research showing that the active use of a wide array of effective learning strategies is more...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 15:25

I've spoken before about the pernicious dangers in the concept of 'normal', and I have always privately...

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 10:58

There’s been a certain amount of criticism of working memory training recently. Scott Barry Kaufman in the Scientific American has put...

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 14:38

Stereotype threat is a factor not only for some ethnic groups, but for women in certain areas (e.g., math, engineering), and also for older adults...

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:34

There's been a lot of talk in education about the message from research that self-control in pre-schoolers predicts their later success in the...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 20:23

Assuredly one of my biggest problems! and I'm sure I'm not alone, is the ever-present difficulty in not getting sidetracked. So much to do! So...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 20:02

The New York Times' New Old Age blog has a lovely and helpful account of how a group of friends are supporting a friend with Alzheimer’s....

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 19:54

Following the (historically) brief period when we became fixated on text as the sole reliable source of information and means of...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 19:45

It certainly sounds like pseudo-science, but that's why we do science - because the weirdness of something is not a particularly good reason to...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 19:52

I'm a great believer in the wide-ranging, and widely-underestimated, effects of context - on all manner of things. I'm also a fan of the view that...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 13:36

Autobiographical memory is an interesting memory domain, given its inextricable association with identity. One particularly fascinating aspect of...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 13:28

Critical thinking - it's a bit of a buzz-word in education circles nowadays. And some of that buzz is that it tends not to be well taught (when it...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 13:20

Have to say I was a bit disappointed by this, seeing as how I'm a big fan of childhood instruction in music. But it must be remembered that even...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 09:27

Duncan Jefferies on the Guardian's Teacher Network:

A growing number of books, including...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 14:54

Featured News

Evidence is accumulating that age-related cognitive decline is rooted in three related factors: processing speed slows down (because of myelin degradation); the ability to inhibit distractions...
Monday, May 6, 2013 - 16:19
I’ve reported often on the perils of multitasking. Here is yet another one, with an intriguing new finding: it seems that the people who multitask the most are those least capable of doing...
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 09:03

News at Mynd

A pilot study involving 94 older adults, of whom 18 had Alzheimer’s, 24 had MCI...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 15:59

A Finnish project (ALSOVA) has been following 240 patient-caregiver pairs, where the patient had very mild or mild Alzheimer's disease at the...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:25

Data from 6257 older adults (aged 55-90) evaluated from 2005-2012 has revealed that concerns about memory should be taken seriously, with...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:25

Analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the cerebrospinal fluid has found that both symptomatic Alzheimer’s patients and asymptomatic...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:51

Comparison of the EEGs of 27 healthy older adults, 27 individuals with mild Alzheimer's and 22 individuals with moderate cases of Alzheimer...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:01

Data from two longitudinal studies of older adults (a nationally representative sample of older adults, and the Alzheimer’s Disease...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:26

Analysis of 40 spinal marrow samples, 20 of which belonged to Alzheimer’s patients, has identified six proteins...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:23

Data from 848 adults of all ages has found that brain volume in the default mode network declined in both healthy and pathological aging, but...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:21

New research supports the classification system for preclinical Alzheimer’s proposed two years ago. The classification system divides...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 09:26

Initial findings from an analysis of cerebrospinal fluid taken between 1995 and 2005 from 265 middle-aged healthy volunteers, of whom 75% had a...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 09:05

Cognitive testing for dementia has a problem in that low scores on some tests may simply reflect a person's weakness in some cognitive areas, or...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 17:09

A French study has predicted with 90% accuracy which patients with mild cognitive impairment would receive a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 15:31

Studies linking head trauma with increased risk and earlier age of onset for Alzheimer's disease have yielded contradictory results. Now a...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 13:00

A survey of 7,072 older adults in six provinces across China, with one rural and one urban community in each province, has identified 359 older...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:18

A survey of 7796 older adults (65+) living in three geographic areas in England has allowed us to compare dementia rates over time, with an...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:04