Harvard University researcher wants to fix faulty learning

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Susan Carey discusses her interest in studying abstract knowledge. Under a National Science Foundation-funded INSPIRE project, Harvard University psychologists Susan Carey and Deborah Zaitchik are studying how executive function influences the process of learning. Here, Carey discusses her interest in studying abstract knowledge. For more information visit: http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132270&org=NSF&from...

Alzheimer’s patients: A surprise finding in executive function

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Deborah Zaitchik says executive function measures for Alzheimer’s patients show staggering declines. Under a National Science Foundation-funded INSPIRE project, Harvard University psychologists Susan Carey and Deborah Zaitchik are studying how executive function influences the process of learning. Here, Zaitchik discusses differences between populations with strong and weak executive function. For more information visit:...

Science Nation - Babies and Learning

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Are we pre-wired to know right from wrong or are we blank slates who learn solely by our exposure to the environment? The question isn't new, but by studying the behavior of newborns, psychologist Karen Wynn of Yale University believes she can get us closer to the answer. With support from the National Science Foundation, she is investigating the role an infant's social preferences play in how they learn from other people. Wynn and her team put on puppet shows for infants, with characters...

An Environment of Learning

submitted by: mdanderson

Stephen Tomasovic, Ph.D., senior vice president for academic affairs at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses how the institution's faculty, staff and students are constantly learning in an effort to improve cancer patient care.

Study Shows Importance of Proton Therapy for Childhood Cancer

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Dr. David Grosshans discusses a recent study that shows how proton therapy spares healthy tissue in children with cancer. The study illustrates how proton therapy radiation is able to avoid excess radiation dose to a variety of normal structures while maintaining equal target coverage. This is important for childhood cancers because excess radiation can cause damage to the hippocampus, an area involved in learning and memory.

Learning enhanced with textmining technologies

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The European IST-funded language technologies for lifelong learning (LTfLL) project showcases the new technologies developed to support learners in different domains with the help of natural language processing technologies. The video gives an overview on a selection of mini web-applications that can - iGoogle style - be embedded in virtual and personal learning environments.

Do Babies Learn From Baby Media?

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In recent years, parents in the United States and worldwide have purchased enormous numbers of videos and DVDs designed and marketed for infants, many assuming that their children would benefit from watching them. We examined how many new words 12- to 18-month-old children learned from viewing a popular DVD several times a week for 4 weeks at home. The most important result was that children who viewed the DVD did not learn any more words from their monthlong exposure to it than did a...
Authors: Js Deloache, C Chiong

Tornadoes in a bottle How- To

submitted by: teachertaylor2000

This is a video about how to make a really cool science toy- tornado in a bottle. They are sold in stores but you can make your own for free and its way cooler!

Would you like to be a mentor?

submitted by: Be_a_scientist

Undergraduate students can exert a powerful influence on the scientific education of young learners.

Making use of Language Technologies to Provide Formative Feedback

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The use of LSA and similar techniques for evaluating conceptual development.