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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

Following on from the evidence that Alzheimer’s brains show higher levels of metals such as iron, copper, and zinc, a mouse study has found...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 17:17

An Italian study has found that a significant percentage of Alzheimer’s patients suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. This...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:01

Data from 70 older adults (average age 76) in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging has found that those who reported poorer sleep (shorter...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:26

A new discovery helps explain why the “Alzheimer’s gene” ApoE4...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 16:54

Analyses of cerebrospinal fluid...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 14:55

Tau protein stabilizes structures that transport supplies from the center of the cell to the extremities, but sometimes some tau is not bound to...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 14:52

A study involving genetically engineered fruit flies adds to our understanding of why sleep and bioclock disruptions are common in those with...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 19:39

A new study shows that a combination of inflammation and hypoxia activates microglia...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 15:02

Brain scans of 10 persons with Down syndrome but no dementia, 10 persons with Down syndrome and dementia, and 10 healthy controls, have revealed...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 14:55

A new function has been found for the amyloid precursor protein (APP...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 14:53

New research helps explain the role of amyloid-beta...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 14:51

Creating amyloid-beta...

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:46

A Finnish study involving moderately obese adult patients with mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has found that even a modest weight loss (5%)...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 20:55

Data from a survey of 20,000 people across the UK has found that people who cycle, walk, or take public transport to work had a lower risk of...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 20:52

A Swedish study of some 4,000 60-year-olds has found that regular “non-exercise” physical activity such as gardening or DIY...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 20:51