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How sleep after learning strengthens connections between brain cells and enhances memory

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In study published today in Science, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show for the first time that sleep after learning encourages the growth of dendritic spines, the tiny protrusions from brain cells that connect to other brain cells and facilitate the passage of information across synapses, the junctions at which brain cells meet. Moreover, the activity of brain cells during deep sleep, or slow-wave sleep, after learning is critical for such growth.


The findings, in mice, provide important physical evidence in support of the hypothesis that sleep helps consolidate and strengthen new memories, and show for the first time how learning and sleep cause physical changes in the motor cortex, a brain region responsible for voluntary movements.


On the cellular level, sleep is anything but restful: Brain cells that spark as we digest new information during waking hours replay during deep sleep, also known as slow-wave sleep, when brain waves slow down and rapid-eye movement, as well as dreaming, stops. Scientists have long believed that this nocturnal replay helps us form and recall new memories, yet the structural changes underpinning this process have remained poorly understood


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Kinect games have positive impact on kids with learning difficulties

Kinect games have positive impact on kids with learning difficulties | The Competitive Urge | Scoop.it
“ A company called Kinems is using personalised, video game-based learning to improve the skills of children with motor impairments and learning difficulties… ” (Kinect-based games shown to have positive impact on children with learning...

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Geeky-cool stuff! 

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Can Gaming Make You Smarter?

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Games include scrabble and monopoly which are used to teaching spelling and finance.

 

Video games are the same just a more in depth experience. Tools to convey knowledge.

 

Their focus on interaction involve the learner so much more and they can automatically adapt the learning to the the learners needs

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Research (£): Physical activity & screen time in adolescents transitioning out of compulsory education http://t.co/N7txuEcR41
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When kids leave school they stop moving. Not good!!!

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Our nominally comprehensive education system is still divided by class

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Lynsey Hanley: Further balkanising education by bringing back grammar schools won't help working-class children (RT @ideas4thefuture: Our nominally comprehensive education system is still divided by class | Lynsey Hanley
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Boston Company Builds Gaming App For Children’s Health - CBS Boston

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A Boston company has developed a game designed to help kids with asthma, one of the most common chronic illnesses among children.

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How online gamers are solving science's biggest problems

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A new generation of online games don't just provide entertainment – they help scientists solve their trickiest puzzles. Dara Mohammadi picks 10 of the best

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Tennis: Nadal tries new treatment to prolong career

Tennis: Nadal tries new treatment to prolong career | The Competitive Urge | Scoop.it
World number one Rafael Nadal has had new treatment on his troublesome knees which could help him complete a full season on the ATP Tour for the first time since 2011.
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Not sure if I'm happy the treatment is being hidden. I don't think it's good for tennis. Sends the wrong message.

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Distance Education in Indian states produces Qualified Man-Power

Distance Education in Indian states produces Qualified Man-Power | The Competitive Urge | Scoop.it
India is an emerging superpower and the country has the potential to become the superpower of world in near future. Education in this vast nation of 1.2 billion people is an important tool to make ...
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