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Resting brain chatter predicts ability to learn second language

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Learning your native language as a child is tricky enough, but learning a second is a labor of love.

Once we have left the golden years of youth, learning new linguistic skills can be a hard-won battle.

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the normal resting activity of students’ brains before embarking on a French language course.

The team, led by Xiaoqian Chai and Denise Klein, measured whether differences in connectivity predicted the success of the language students.

The results, published in The Journal of Neuroscience this week, are a tantalizing peek into why some people seem to learn second languages with more ease than others.

If you are planning on learning a second language, the connectivity of your brain at rest might predict how easy, or how difficult, you find it. 

See on medicalnewstoday.com

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Gen
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Pensare l’impensabile: Otto Neurath e l’economia senza moneta

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

By Mario Ricciardi in Economics and Otto Neurath.

See on academia.edu

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Gen
16

Mental depletion complicates financial decisions for the poor | PBS NewsHour

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Why does it become more difficult to make good financial decisions when you’re poor?

Last month, behavioral economist Dan Ariely and his team at the Center for Advanced Hindsight opened up the Common Cents Lab. Its goal is twofold: to examine how those living in poverty misspend their money and to help the poor make better financial decisions. I spoke with Ariely about the center, our not-so-rational spending and why making good financial decisions becomes even more difficult when you’re poor. For more on the topic, read the second half of Making Sen$e’s interview with Ariely here. The following conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.

See on pbs.org




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