Cognitive Science

Gentle electric shocks to brain boost maths ability

If proved effective and safe, electrical stimulation could be used in clinics, classrooms and even at home to help people who struggle with particular cognitive tasks. Photo: AP

People who struggle with maths fare better after a course of gentle electric shocks to the brain, British scientists have claimed. Psychologists at Oxford University found that students scored higher on mental arithmetic tasks after a five-day course of brain stimulation.

Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 2:32am

Brain uses tiny moment of shut-eye to rest, scientists find

Why do we spend 10 per cent of our waking hours with our eyes closed - blinking far more often than is necessary to keep our eyeballs lubricated?

Scientists have pried open the answer to this mystery, finding that the brain uses that tiny moment of shut-eye to power down.

29 Dec 2012 - 6:03am

Study finds molecules that help long-term memory

Study finds molecules that help long-term memory

A study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has identified key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones.

11 Sep 2012 - 9:33am

Anfield's critical formula

Held in March, the first Anfield International Kindergarten Science Fair had its eureka moments.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cupid science unlocks link between heart and mind

When patients are rushed to hospital for chest pain, it is more often than not a case of fat blocking the arteries - a problem fixed by surgery.

But in some rare cases, a patient may be suffering from a condition whose name is more likely to be found in a love song than on a doctor's clipboard: broken heart syndrome (BHS).

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am



by Noam Chomsky

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24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Bad at maths? now it all adds up

A science buff but a maths retard, I was intrigued by this headline from a University College London press release: 'Scientists find brain function most important to maths ability.'

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

An awareness, but still short of what humans enjoy

Scientists behind the next generation of the Robosapien toys insist that V2 will be truly aware of its environment rather than just performing a set of pre-programmed routines.

Awareness is defined by cognition experts as the ability to perceive and react to a changing environment. It does not imply understanding.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

Exotic coconut and hot milk ritual wrap

What does the treatment involve?

The body is exfoliated and massaged with coconut oil and hot milk. The skin absorbs this once the body is wrapped and insulated. While the wrap is on, you're given a head massage and facial, but there's also the option of being lowered into a dry flotation tank (for an extra $50).

20 May 2005 - 12:00am

Creating possibilities and solving problems

TO MANY, an MBA is viewed as the 'must have' qualification to ensure career or professional development. Julia Lam, corporate planning officer with Ngai Hing Hong, thought the same way until she started probing the possibilities and concepts of knowledge management (KM).

9 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Why rhetoric has such a potent effect in wartime

Death and its threat have powerful effects on people's thinking and emotions - but not always the desired or expected ones. Hence the supplementary psychological bombardments we are witnessing in Iraq (and, of course, are subject to) through the media.

28 Mar 2003 - 12:00am


LET US REJOICE. We have evidence at last of progress in government budget thinking, admittedly not much but a steep fiscal deficit can do wonders to launch senior officials on a learning curve.

16 Oct 2002 - 12:00am


Where: Sati-Floatation, 40 Peel Street (off Hollywood Road), Central (tel: 2854-0877). A small, ground-floor shop has been converted into a pleasant space with two rooms containing flotation tanks and showers.

5 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Chinese-language training gains ground

Informatics' programmes in China have generated a positive response, both in the increasing number of programmes and students, and the reputation as a quality training and education service provider in China.

The training courses expanded to include business and management programmes to meet the growing demand for business professionals to sustain China's development.

20 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

How to make persistence pay off

THERE comes a point in every protracted sale where the salesperson must make a choice. He has done everything in his power to get the customer to commit - meetings, proposals, product demonstrations, follow-up calls - but the customer remains undecided.

10 Oct 1993 - 12:00am