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The Anatomy of Forgetting
Brain waves and pupil size offer clues to the way distracted attention affects our ability to remember and makes us likelier to forget.
The Worst Kind of Optimists
Some people think they are not at risk for COVID-19 and can ignore restrictions because they haven't gotten gotten it yet. Big mistake.
An Antidote for Loneliness
Loneliness is a mental health burden for many older adults. But not all. People unaffected by it seem to have one quality in common.
Don't Wake the Baby
What sleep does for the brain varies with age. In young kids, it promotes brain development; in adults, it's a cleaning and repair service.
For Kids Learning to Read, It Helps to Keep It Simple
Entertaining and colorful illustrations are fine for picture books, but when it comes to learning to read, simpler images help kids more.
Lean into Pain
Chronic pain can lead people to avoid exercise, but that can create a vicious cycle that makes their pain worse. A change of mindset helps.
Unapproved Drugs in “Brain Boosting” Supplements
Many supplements sold to improve memory and thinking contain unapproved drugs usually prescribed for mental disorders and brain injuries.
More Mistaken COVID Claims
A French health minister's tweet that ibuprofen could make COVID symptoms worse became a case study of how misinformation spreads.
Screen Time Now Sets Kids Back Later
It doesn't matter whether kids look at a phone, a laptop or a tablet -- too much screen time at age 8 puts them behind in school at age 10.
An Argument for Reopening the Schools
Elementary school students should return to school, some experts say. Kids need the classroom, and there are ways to make it safe.
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