Latest Vladimir Sloutsky Stories

2013-09-24 10:40:30

Young Children Have Difficulty when Elements of Memory Overlap A new study provides evidence that one important part of memory undergoes substantial development even after the age of 7. Researchers found that episodic memory – the ability to remember not only what happened, but where and when – takes longer to develop than often assumed. That means young children may have no problem with remembering certain simple events or facts.  But in some cases, they may have difficulty...

Images In Textbooks May Hinder Learning In Children
2013-05-08 15:13:17

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Bar graphs can be an easy way to communicate a data set to a wide array of people. Yet when educators are teaching children how to use these graphs, they may be doing more harm than good if they include any visuals inside of the graph itself. For instance, a graph about butterflies with the corresponding amount of butterflies in the bars could train kids to read the graphs by the numbers of pictures and not the height of the...

2011-12-27 11:36:58

New research challenges the conventional thinking that young children use language just as adults do to help classify and understand objects in the world around them. In a new study involving 4- to 5-year-old children, researchers found that the labels adults use to classify items — words like “dog” or “pencil” — don´t have the same ability to influence the thinking of children. “As adults, we know that words are very predictive.  If...

2008-06-16 13:00:00

Young children show evidence of smart and flexible behavior early in life "“ even though they don't really know what they're doing, new research suggests.In a series of experiments, scientists tested how well 4- and 5-year-olds were able to rely on different types of information to choose objects in a group.  In some situations, they were asked to choose objects based on color and in some cases based on shape.Results showed children could be trained to choose correctly, but still...

2005-10-10 15:10:00

COLUMBUS , Ohio -- Most teachers believe that students learn better when abstract concepts are taught using concrete materials or examples -- but a new study suggests they may be wrong. Researchers found that when college students were taught an artificial form of mathematics and physics, they learned it better when it was presented using simple, abstract symbols "“ such as plain stars and raindrops -- rather than more visually engaging and concrete 3-D objects that moved...

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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.