Our round-up of some of the top CNS blog posts of the year, featuring a range of cognitive neuroscience, from new research on memory, learning, and language, to the importance of neuroscientists using Twitter.
1. If the CIA Tweets, Cognitive Neuroscientists Can Too: Harnessing Twitter’s Power for Your Research
Micah Allen (@neuroconscience) talks about why Twitter is a vital tool for neuroscientists and how he keeps it all balanced – and he gives some great tips for getting started on Twitter along the way.
2. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About EEG Studies
From learning about “salty jello” to seeing the rightie-bias, participating in an EEG study completely changed how one writer thought about them, from #sciwri14.
3. Children Need to Learn Context to Know When to Stop
Christopher Chatham (Brown University) talks about differences in how children and adults curb their impulsive behavior, from our #CNS2014 coverage.
4. Getting Past Dyslexia Myths: How Neuroscience Has Helped
Although scientists now understand dyslexia better than ever before, it is still a condition shrouded in misunderstanding. Priya Kalra (Harvard) busts some popular dyslexia myths in this guest post.
5. It’s on the Tip of My Tongue: What Happens When We Can’t Remember a Name
It’s happened to all of us: when we recognize someone or something but can’t quite get the name out. Alexander Leff (University College London) explains how the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon opens a window into understanding aphasia and other brain injuries.
6. Is Imagination Just Another Form of Remembering?
While imagining and remembering draw on shared regions of the brain, the two processes activate those regions in different ways, as discovered in new work by Stefania Ashby (University of California, Davis) and Brock Kirwan (Brigham Young University).
7. Stop Interrupting Me! Distractions Kill Writing Quality
Not only will interruptions increase the time it takes you to finish writing, but they also could reduce your writing quality, as Cyrus Foroughi (George Mason University) explains in this guest post.
8. Exercise Adapts the Aging Brain for Cognitive Health
Exercise changes the way seniors’ brains process information – making the aging brain more adaptable, as Jennifer Heisz (McMaster University) discusses in this Q&A.
9. Unleashing the Power of the Bilingual Mind
In our inaugural guest blog post, Anna Beres (Bangor University) discusses how mixing languages helps people learn new languages and helps bilinguals learn in general.
10. Coordinating Movement, Language, and Thoughts? An Expanded Role for the Cerebellum
The cerebellum’s influence goes beyond motor skills, as Richard Ivry (University of California, Berkeley) presented at #APA2014.
For more stories from 2014, visit our blog Archives.
Happy New Year!