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SCIENCE MEETS SOCIETY

Applied Sciences take research out of the lab and into the real world. Some fields have applied branches and others make application their primary focus. Often using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, these fields tend to focus on developing and evaluating practical solutions through scientific inquiry.

 

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Brain stimulation to improve maths, reading and attention in children

Our research so far has found that brain stimulation can improve number-related and mathematical abilities. Most of the existing studies investigating improvements of people’s abilities try this out on adults with already good abilities, or on neurological patients. We suggest that children with more severe problems in calculating, reading and paying attention will also benefit […]

Exergaming may have benefits for mind and body

In this review of recent research, I provide tentative evidence that playing physically active video games (commonly called ‘exergames’) has positive benefits to children’s physical and cognitive health, and I provide a model linking these two types of benefits. The hope is that this review provides a path forward for future research in order to […]

How does “brain training” to build self-control work, and why doesn’t it generalize?

The recent proliferation of commercial “brain-training” services that promise to enhance intelligence and cognitive functioning is understandable: Who wouldn’t want more working memory, attention, and inhibitory control? However, the effectiveness of these services has been questioned, particularly with respect to how well their training generalizes to the real world. My students Lauren Kahn and Junaid […]

Can we become better emotion regulators through training?

It’s raining, you’re late for work, and the freeways are backed up for miles—a perfect opportunity to regulate how you feel! You could think objectively about the situation, as if you were a traffic reporter calmly relaying the information to yourself, or perhaps you might choose to focus on how miniscule the annoyance will seem […]

The buzz about bilingualism: It says more than you think

In a recent paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science, Judith F. Kroll, Noriko Hoshino, and I detail the recent upsurge in bilingual research. The increased research on bilingualism is exciting in its own right, but as we argue in our paper, findings have significant broader implications, providing a unique opportunity to investigate brain plasticity, […]

Helping bilingual children with a language disorder learn two languages

Our recent study (Ebert, Kohnert, Pham, Rentmeester-Disher, & Payesteh) explored different ways to treat children with a language disorder who speak both Spanish and English.  We found that three different treatment approaches improved the English language skills of these children but had a smaller impact on their Spanish language skills.  We also found important connections […]

Music training and working memory: an ERP study

Previous research had suggested that music training was linked to improvements in various cognitive, linguistic, and academic skills. However, there was little research investigating what cognitive and neural factors might underlie these links. In our study, we explored the possibility that working memory might be a factor underlying such correlations (George & Coch, 2011). Working […]

Mindfulness Reduces Race and Age Bias

Mindfulness is the capacity to be intentionally aware of each present moment without judgment.  Allowing these moments to exist as they are without injecting the self into them cultivates a stillness in the mind, as there is no longer the need to cling to each thought, feeling, or sensation but rather to merely observe them […]

Community music programs enhance auditory brain function in at-risk children

Our lab’s 2014 papers on the effects of music training are the collective product of a multi-year partnership with the Harmony Project, a long-standing community-based music and mentorship program serving disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles’s gang reduction areas. Harmony’s founder came to us seeking answers. Did participation in the program explain the surprising academic success […]