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Learning to read: Tricking the brain

While reading, children and adults alike must avoid confusing mirror-image letters (like b/d or p/q). Why is it difficult to differentiate these letters? When learning to read, our brain must be able to inhibit the mirror-generalization process, a mechanism that facilitates the recognition of identical objects regardless of their orientation, but also prevents the brain from differentiating letters that are different but symmetrical.

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Meaningful relationships can help you thrive

Deep and meaningful relationships play a vital role in overall well-being. A new paper provides an important perspective on thriving through relationships, emphasizes two types of support that relationships provide, and illuminates aspects where further study is necessary.

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Memory in silent neurons: How do unconnected neurons communicate?

According to a generally-accepted model of synaptic plasticity, a neuron that communicates with others of the same kind emits an electrical impulse as well as activating its synapses transiently. This electrical pulse, combined with the signal received from other neurons, acts to stimulate the synapses. How is it that some neurons are caught up in the communication interplay even when they are barely connected? This is the chicken-or-egg puzzle of synaptic plasticity that a team is aiming to...

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Warm thanks: Gratitude can win you new friends

Parents have long told their children to mind their Ps and Qs, and remember to say thank you. Now the evidence is in on why it matters. A study has shown for the first time that thanking a new acquaintance for their help makes them more likely to seek an ongoing social relationship with you. Saying thank you provides a valuable signal that you are someone with whom a high-quality relationship could be formed.

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No cookie-cutter divorces, so what info should online co-parenting classes offer?

Online classes for divorcing couples who have children are good at teaching parents how to deal with children's needs and responses to their family's new situation, researchers say. But would co-parenting couples benefit from content that helps adults cope with their own emotions and from unique tracks for families with special circumstances such as intimate partner violence or alcoholism as well?

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Healthy working environment is a salvation

Contract workers in Norway often face the worst and most unpredictable working conditions. But good management and support from colleagues makes these workers more robust. Outsourcing and contracted personnel have been on the increase in Norway for a number of years. As part of a three-year project, researchers collected data from the cleaning, construction, shipbuilding and healthcare industries, in order to examine how outsourcing affected working conditions and sickness leave.

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