Taking short breaks to reinforce memories is key to learning new skills or re-learning old ones

The secret to success is to take a short break, often.

Artificial intelligence still has severe limitations in recognizing what it’s seeing

They’re endearingly bad at it, to be honest.

Exposure to cannabis leads to cognitive changes in the offspring of rats

The findings are still preliminary, but they do suggest that mothers should abstain a bit before and during pregnancy.

Feeback, not evidence, makes us confident we’re right — even when we’re not

“the strategy of using your most recent feedback, rather than all of the data you’ve accumulated, is not a great tactic,” researchers write.

Novel system allows robots to learn new skills just by looking at you do it

Can it teach them how to love, though?

An AI recreated the periodic table from scratch — in a couple of hours

Nerd.

How stress impairs our ability to learn and recall

This explains why some people fail exams despite having studied for it.

Researchers identify brain patterns associated with learning to improve teaching, fight Alzheimer’s

We’re learning about learning!

Some otters learn how to solve problems by observing other otters

Otters are copycats.

Artificial synapse brings us one step closer to brain-like computers

It’s also bio-compatible — are our brains getting an update?

Google’s Neural Machine can translate nearly as well as a human

It all happened because they let the program learn without interference.

Machine learning could solve the US’s police violence issue

By flagging high-risk officers, the system allows police departments to limit the chance for violent events.

Physical exercise after learning could improve long-term memory, study finds

Do your learning, take a break, and then work out.

Good quality breakfast linked to better performance in school

Cardiff University public health experts have discovered a powerful link between a pupil’s breakfast quality and their performance at school. The study – the largest to date looking at how nutrition influences school performance — recorded the breakfast habits of 5000 pupils aged 9 through 11, and their results in the Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessments 6-18 months later.

Naps are key to infant learning and memory consolidation

People spend more of their time asleep as babies than at any other point in their lives, but even if this has been common knowledge for some time we’re only beginning to understand what role sleep plays during this key stage. University of Sheffield researchers claim that sleeping is key to leaning and forming new memories for infants as old as 12 months. Babies who didn’t nap were far less able to repeat what they had been taught only 24 hours earlier.

Making Mistakes while Learning facilitates Memory

Topping conventional thinking, a new study found that making mistakes while learning can benefit memory, but only when the wrong answer is close to the right one. Random guesses can actually harm memory of the subject, the study found. The result held true for both young and old adults alike, with profound implications for clinical memory rehabilitation for the elderly.

Curiosity sparks Brain Mechanisms that Facilitate Learning

Whether we’re assigned a learning task or choose to follow it, those subjects that interest us are always easier to comprehend, assimilate and remember over a long time. In this context, interest is actually another word for curiosity and a new research found that it is an important factor for effective learning. The team at University of California, Davis, found that

Active learning greatly outperforms passive lecturing in classrooms

Most University professors still rely on passive lectures to get their subject across. A meta-study which analyzed 225 studies found that active teaching – lectures that actively engage students and make the learning experience two-way – improves grades and significantly reduces fail rates. The findings add to an already body of literature that suggests the current dominant teaching model is

Epilepsy drug helps adults learn like when they were kids

An international team of researchers believe they have found a way to reopen critical learning periods in the brain, allowing adults to learn as if they were children, even abilities thought to be restricted to early ages, such as new language learning and absolute pitch development. The drug is known as valproate or valporic acid (VPA) and may be marketed

Fun and Exciting Chemical Experiments for Teaching and Learning

There’s no better way to foster interest in science and chemistry than seeing it in full, dazzling action. Most of the time, kids and young people wouldn’t really be all that interested in how chemistry works. They wouldn’t be particularly bothered about the different reactions you can get out of two different chemicals interacting with each other. Teaching them the