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Thursday, 9 Jul 2020
Category: Interesting Facts

How We Pay Attention

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DO NOT When I was a kid, my father liked to lay on the floor to watch TV. Sometimes my siblings or I would ask him a question about something on the show, but he would not answer us. We would say, “Dad…”, “Dad…!”, “DAD!”, but he seemed not […]

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You can do it! A ‘growth mindset’ helps us learn

One of the most influential phenomena in education over the last two decades has been that of the “growth mindset”. This refers to the beliefs a student has about various capacities such as their intelligence, their ability in areas such as maths, their personality and creative ability. Proponents of the growth mindset believe these capacities […]

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Understanding emotions is nearly as important as IQ for students’ academic success

The ability to understand emotions contributes almost as much to students’ grades as their IQ. Past studies show two personal qualities are important for student academic success – intelligence and conscientiousness. IQ scores explain about 15% of the differences between students’ grades. Conscientiousness, such as having the diligence to do enough study, explains about 5%. Our recent research has found […]

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Why Vaccines Do Not Work Without Trust

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TRUST BREAKS DOWN? There is one country where this lack of trust is happening right now. In August 2018, a dangerous disease called Ebola broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in Africa. Teams of doctors and other experts flew in from abroad to help their Congolese colleagues fight the […]

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How Does the Brain Learn to Link Things Together?

HOW DOES THE BRAIN LINK RELATED OBJECTS? The purpose of our study was to understand how the brain links different things together. Imagine your friend gets a new dog. Your brain quickly learns this new link between your friend and the dog. Every time you see this dog, you know it belongs to your friend. […]

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Infants with siblings and pets less likely to develop allergies

Having older siblings and a dog that lives in the home could reduce the likelihood of infants developing egg allergies, according to a new study published in the latest edition of the journal Allergy. Food allergy, along with its most concerning manifestation – anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction) – is an increasingly common problem among children in many industrialised countries […]

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4½ myths about sunscreen and why they’re wrong

Many Australians are reluctant to use sunscreen, even though it’s an important element in preventing the skin cancers that affect about two in three of us at some time in our lives. The Cancer Council says myths about sunscreens contribute to this reluctance. Here are 4½ sunscreen myths and what the evidence really says. Confused about the ½? Well, it’s […]

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