New study shows transcendental meditation reduces emotional stress and improves academics

Students who participated in a meditation-based Quiet Time program utilizing the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique for four months had significant improvements in overall emotional stress symptoms, quality of sleep, and English Language Arts (ELA) academic achievement according to a new…

Sociodemographic characteristics, inequities associated with access to in-person, remote elementary schooling during pandemic in New York State

What The Study Did: Among the few New York state public school districts providing full-time in-person elementary school instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, most districts served predominately white students, rural/suburban students and children who were not disadvantaged (children who were…

How experiencing diverse emotions impacts students

Experiencing a variety of positive emotions–or emodiversity–may benefit high school students, according to a study published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology . Positive emodiversity was associated with greater engagement (which has cognitive, behavioral, and emotional components) and academic…

Nurturing an early interest in neuroscience

Last year’s lockdowns confined most people to their homes. For teenagers on summer break, a season usually dedicated to recreation and outdoor exploration, this meant long days of boredom. But for Nikhita Kaushik, who just finished her sophomore year at Irvine’s Arnold O. Beckman High School, the free time was a blessing. It enabled her to dive into her passion for neuroscience and establish the Southern California Youth Neuroscience Association.

Study: Electronic monitoring failed to reduce recidivism for girls in juvenile justice system

In recent years, many juvenile courts have adopted in-home detention with electronic monitoring tethers as an alternative to institutional incarceration. A new study examined whether this approach reduces recidivism among girls involved in the juvenile justice system. The study found…

Research uncovers broadband gaps in US to help close digital divide

High-speed internet access has gone from an amenity to a necessity for working and learning from home, and the COVID-19 pandemic has more clearly revealed the disadvantages for American households that lack a broadband connection. To tackle this problem, Michigan…

Adapting laboratory techniques for remote instruction

The COVID-19 pandemic forced instructors to adapt their courses for online learning. Laboratory courses were particularly difficult due to lack of access to specialized equipment for remote learners. To overcome this challenge, researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign designed…

Parents modify the home literacy environment according to their children’s progress in learning to read

Research across a wide range of languages shows that children’s home literacy environment can often predict their language and literacy skills. However few studies, especially for English speaking children, examine how children’s development affects what parents do and not just…

Timing of exposure to secondhand smoke, ADHD symptoms in children

What The Study Did: Researchers assessed associations between prenatal, early postnatal or current exposure to secondhand smoke and symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among school-age children in China. Authors: Li-Wen Hu, M.D., Ph.D., and Guang-Hui Dong, M.D., Ph.D., of Sun…

UTSA builds personal AI for teaching kids living on autistic spectrum

UTSA has established a wearables and artificial intelligence laboratory to provide precision treatment plans to improve learning among those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers will automate data collection and analysis of behavioral sensing data that can be used…

UTSA builds personal AI for teaching kids living on autistic spectrum

UTSA has established a wearables and artificial intelligence laboratory to provide precision treatment plans to improve learning among those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers will automate data collection and analysis of behavioral sensing data that can be used…

The online learning needs of students across different grades during the COVID-19 pandemic

A new study published in the British Journal of Educational Technology has identified the different needs of students across primary, middle, and high school related to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the study, investigators surveyed 1,170,769 Chinese students…

Practicing ‘mindfulness’ in summer camp benefits campers and counselors alike

With summer around the corner, a project shows how implementing an evidence-based mindfulness program in a summer camp setting decreases emotional distress in school age children and empowers campers and counselors alike – enhancing camper-counselor relationships. Mindfulness – a state…