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Neocortical potentiation vs slow wave memory consolidation in narcolepsy

The neocortex of the brain is significantly depressed during slow wave sleep. The general theory is that during that during this period of time memory consolidation occurs. Individuals with type 1 ...
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Resources for learning Advanced Neuroscience

I am very interested in learning at an high level: How neurons send signals to each other Activation sites of neurons The exact process of signal transmission Dopamine and other neurotransmitters ...
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Can any person develop an interest in anything?

As a more specific version of my previous question, I'd like to know if an interest in anything can be developed in any person. Let us assume the person has the following: Sufficient motivation to ...
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Why is math adding easier than subtracting?

I am helping some children with math. It seems that adding is easier than subtracting. When I tell them to start at 5 and add always seven, like 5, 12, 19, 26, 33, 40, 47, 54, 61 it is easier for ...
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Are there psychological traits that predict that a person will be good at acting?

I'd like to know if there are psychological traits that predict that a person will be good at acting. And, if psychology can say something about this , which aspects of acting can mostly be taught and ...
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Is semantic satiation a sub-phenomenon of a broader cognitive process?

If not, are there other similar non-semantic phenomena? I am particularly curious about emotional cognition, although echoic or occipital activity would also be quite interesting. My conclusion ...
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Unlearning and coping with the fact that you've been deceived?

As we all surely know, we have huge numbers of people who are being brainwashed into believing obviously false non-sense thanks to sites like youtube. You mostly only here this with conspiracy ...
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Why would someone state that “self-esteem doesn't exist”?

In the video "Self-esteem Doesn't Exist, the author Jordan Peterson clearly seems to argue he doesn't believe in self-esteem, given the title of the talk. However, I do not notice him mentioning ...
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Is there anything we can salvage and recycle from Learning Styles theory?

We know that the theory of Learning Styles has been debunked by cognitive research for some time now. Nevertheless, if we thought about learning styles not as some sort of sense-specialised teaching ...
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Are behaviourist practices and/or principles still valid and useful?

I understand how behaviorism is outdated for not considering the brain processes and cognition as ultimately responsible for memory and learning. Nevertheless, after reading Learning Theories: An ...
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How to learn how humans behave? [closed]

I have decided to study psychology as a hobby. I want it to understand better people that I am interacting with. Specifically, I want to know: Why humans talk / behave in certain ways? How they think ...
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Early STEM Education Impact

I'm looking to find studies that examine when STEM education is most critical (e.g. what years of early STEM education have a significant impact on college/uni-level students, as measured by their IQs/...
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Common latent feature among all “memory techniques”

So I've been delving into "memory techniques" and people who compete in memory competitions(memorizing and reciting a poem in a small amount of time, memorizing a deck of cards, memorizing pi, etc). I'...
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Which features of concept mapping are more helpful than outlining, or vice versa? and why?

Please let us know any studies that compare features of concept mapping with outlining. Many studies have reported both outlining and concept mapping helpful for learning and assessment, but they ...
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Why should nodes be small in a concept map?

Cañas, A. J., Novak, J. D., & Reiska, P. (2015). How good is my concept map? Am I a good Cmapper?. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal, 7(1), 6-19. This paper was ...
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Are there any studies regarding elderly people and learning resiliance?

On Parenting, issues regarding emotional resilience are often discussed as something of great value, a lifelong gift to give to one's child, and I cite studies and articles to help parents learn what ...
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Becoming an expert with accumulative hours of practice much less than the average expert?

Anders Ericsson's work is famous for creating the idea of "deliberate practice" and its creation of experts, but Anders also talks about how long hours are inevitable in becoming an expert. Let's ...
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Research or studies on rapid skill acquisition?

Are there anything studies or research in psychology and neuroscience currently on the rapid acquisition of skills to an expert level?
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Are there studies in psychology on how psychology researchers design experiments?

For example, give subjects a research topic, and observe how they conduct psychology experiments, in order to study the psychology of those who are asked to study psychology.
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Importance of memory on learning?

I've been studying into the important of memory and learning. I think it's undeniable that part of learning is requiring the retrieval of information at the relevant times, but the counter argument I'...
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What's the importance of reward on acquiring expert level skill?

I've been reading into Anders Ericssons work on expertise and as made popular by Malcom Gladwell(though quoted incorrectly) is the requirement of accumulating large amounts of "deliberate practice"(...
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Comorbidity of Neurodevelopmental Disorders between them and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3416662/ OCD being an anxiety disorder and OCPD being a personality disorder it is entirely possible that these two can be present on the same patient. ...
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Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Cognitive Function and Causing someone to Learn

Children may elicit, either through active engagement or some feature of their personality or appearance, a response from their environment that might protect them from deprivation-related risk either ...
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Is there any research into the effectiveness of the “Zettelkasten” (slip box) method of processing notes?

In the book "How to take smart notes: one simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking: for students, academics and nonfiction book writers" by Söhnke Arens the author makes the claim that ...
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Does learning by heart improve memorizing abilities?

Some people around me believe that if you learn poems by heart in childhood, it will help you to memorize things better further. They say about improvements in memory in general: things like ...
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What makes someones good at math (or anything)? Is all about practice and hard work?

Could mathematical and abstract thinking be acquired through hard work? To have the same mathematical skill as a student who goes to Mathematical Olympiad seems quite impossible. Could their skill ...
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Phrase used by jordan peterson about “revealing”

In his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Peterson, 2018) has following quote: If you will not reveal yourself to others, you cannot reveal yourself to yourself. That does not only ...
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Working on one problem opposed to working on mutliple problems when programming

I'm learning programming and I'm now at an advanced stage meaning that I need to solve problems from fields such as dynamic programming, path finding or recursion problems. Depending on the problem I ...
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why are all human brains so similar in brain structure, specialization of their parts and functioning?

As a result of my growing interest in neuroscience, I have begun to try and understand the functioning of the brain. However, I am always confronted by the following questions: The brain is a ...
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Is there a real benefit to starting grade 1 at a older age? If so, why?

I think that some people think people should start school at the normal age instead of older because they claim they might become too old to learn. I learned from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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In Transactional Analysis, how can one kill or at least voice down the “Critical Parent” ego state?

The Parent ego state is like a tape recorder full of pre- judged, prejudiced, pre-programmed statements. These "taped" statements can get activated while we are in our Adult or Child and then we can ...
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What is the psychology behind epiphany?

What are the neural precursors that lead up to the epiphany? How can one, have more creative insights? How this affects our psyche? What's the psychology behind it? The word "epiphany" has a deep, ...
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Which neurodevelopmental disorders constitute learning disabilities?

I am actually looking at DSM-5 but I cannot find any exhaustive or otherwise comprehensive list or explicit association of which neurodevelopmental disorders are also learning disabilities.
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Does studying multiples subjects in parallel effect performance?

Researches shown that multitasking is really bad. But, does studying multiple subjects in parallel comes under it? Is it okay to switch between the subjects (mathematics, physics, biology, ....) In ...
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Is “Incremental learning” pseudo-science?

I've recently come across the following article: http://www.super-memory.com/help/il_full.htm The author makes the claim that "Incremental learning" is the best way of learning and goes as far as to ...
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Is there a reliable memory-retention guidance chart?

As discussed here reliability of some charts are dubious. I would like to use such a chart for studying purposes and am looking for something peer-reviewed or as factual as possible. Does it exist?
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Is there a proper name of learning by experience (i.e. feeling something subconsciously)?

We all know about these two ways of learning: Rote learning (by mechanically repeating something to remember it). Learning by understanding (by understanding the logic behind something). But I ...
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In which way does what you do right after class affect knowledge retention?

For example going for a walk in the woods right after the class sounds like a much better idea than to binge watch 5 Rick & Morty episodes... but why? In which way do your right-after-class ...
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Is practice more effective if spaced over time?

Example: Say Alice and Bob want to learn to pride a bike. Alice practices for an hour every day. Bob practices for 7 hours each saturday. They are both getting the same amount of practice. Which of ...
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Does the Rubik's Cube increase mental ability?

Does becoming efficient in the cube help build your brain to be able to do other tasks better? What tasks and how?
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Do we think in language?

Can we think i.e. process the input data without relying on linguistic structures? All knowledge between human is either spoken or written. When we see something, it contributes towards the ...
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Can extrinsic rewards successfully sustain habits in the long-term?

With 2019 right around the corner, I've been reading about forming successful habits. Many non-academic sources (and Charles Duhigg's popular book The Power of Habit) have advocated for pairing a cue ...
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Is is possible to “delete” a memory permanently?

If cognitive memory is compared to computer memory, then is it possible to purposefully and permanently forget a specific memory, using known technologies and methodologies?
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Since we know the 5ht2a receptor impacts learning efficiency why has stimulating it not been tried for alleviating learning disabilities?

If you go on wikipedia or do a search on Google you can quickly find a bunch of articles on the importance of serotonin for impacting the efficacy of learning. Experiments have been run in mice for ...
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Can one learn not to panic? How?

It's always impressive to listen to the professionalism of a commercial pilot communicating in a crisis situation, apparently remaining calm and in control in terrifying circumstances, with terrible ...
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How are the brains of mathematicians different from typical people?

As a biomedical sciences student who also minors in Mathematics, I am often amazed by some of my classmates who really appear to be born for Mathematics (with regards to both their abilities and ...
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How will the pet therapy aid the child with autism?

As a Special Education Teacher at ACCEL, behaviors of individuals with autism has been remarkably consistent over time with the help of ABA therapy services, which include pet therapy and ...
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Is the perception of drawings an acquired skill?

Most descriptions of visual perception explain how our brains interpret incoming visual stimuli (via feature detection, monocular depth cues, etc.). They then assume that the same process works for ...
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Why can't we learn what we don't like?

The school system as we know it, is & has been shaping students to fit the system which they live in and throughout this process, the students are forced to learn(mostly memorize) subjects which ...
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Scientific evidence about studying and learning strategies [duplicate]

As many of you, I'm trying to improve learning strategies. I've tried mnemotecnics, breaking study-time into small chunks, and going for a walk when stuck with maths, physics or chemistry problems. ...