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Featured Commentary

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 - 16:25

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

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 11:58

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 - 15:38

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 - 11:34

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 - 21:23

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 - 21:02

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 - 20:54

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 - 20:45

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 - 20:52

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 - 14:36

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 14:28

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 - 14:20

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 - 10:27

Duncan Jefferies on the Guardian's Teacher Network:

A growing number of books, including...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 15:54

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 - 17:19
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 - 10:03

News at Mynd

Cognitive decline is common in those with multiple sclerosis, but not everyone is so afflicted. What governs whether an individual will suffer...

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:02

A study involving 124 teenagers has found that those who were most accurate at tapping along with a metronome also showed the most consistent...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 21:31

A large study, involving 3,690 older adults, has found that drugs with strong anticholinergic effects cause memory and cognitive impairment when...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 15:24

A new study adds to growing evidence of a link between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s. The interesting thing is that this association...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 13:16

Family caregivers of dementia sufferers who are reluctant to use adult day care services might like to note the findings of a telephone survey....

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 13:15

Last year, a cancer drug, Bexarotene, was touted as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. However, four independent studies have...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 13:13

I’ve been happily generous with cinnamon on my breakfast ever since the first hints came out that cinnamon might help protect against...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 13:05

A recent report from Autistica estimates that nearly a quarter (24%) of children with autism are non-verbal or minimally verbal — problems...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 16:41

A recent study reveals that when we focus on searching for something, regions across the brain are pulled into the search. The study sheds light...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 16:39

Three classroom experiments have found that students who meditated before a psychology lecture scored better on a quiz that followed than...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 16:37

We talk about memory for ‘events’, but how does the brain decide what an event is? How does it decide what is part of an...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 16:34

Why do we find it so hard to stay on task for long? A recent study uses a new technique to show how the task control network and the default...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 16:32

We know sleep helps consolidate memories. Now a new study sheds light on how your sleeping brain decides what’s worth keeping. The study...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 16:30

A new study has found that errors in perceptual decisions occurred only when there was confused sensory input, not because of any ‘noise...

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:09

Late-life depression is associated with an increased risk for all-cause dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and, most predominantly,...

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 21:10