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Why does every child need consistent access to excellent teachers, and how can we, today, extend the reach of the excellent teachers our nation already has?
Navigated from Opportunity Culture
Everyone knows exercise is good for you, and studies have previously shown that it can boost learning and even stave off dementia in later life—though nobody knew why. New research suggests, though, that it’s because the brain takes advantage of energy delivery systems just as much as your muscles.
These compulsions aren’t inscribed in our genes or hard-wired into the brain at birth. Scientists are discovering that habits are simply an extreme form of learning, a behavior that’s so familiar we no longer need to think about it.
Navigated from The Wall Street Journal
Children whose mothers nurture them have brains with a larger hippocampus—a region vital for learning and memory. This study validates something that seems to be intuitive, which is just how important nurturing parents are to creating adaptive human beings.
Full story at Futurity