Gargi Talukder

The Question of Taste

Of the five senses, taste seems to be the one that we take personally. People will identify themselves as having a “sweet tooth” as opposed to being a “salt junky”. Many cultures are defined on the basis of their traditional… Continue Reading →

Decision-making is Still a Work in Progress for Teenagers

Recent studies of brain development in teenagers may finally give parents the scientific authority to say “No you’re not!” in answer to the common adolescent complaint, “But I’m old enough to make my own decisions!” That authority comes from brain… Continue Reading →

Researchers Examine the Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Brain

Sleep debt has become a common phrase in health news recently, as many different research studies have shown that insufficient amounts of sleep can have lasting negative impacts on health. A new report published in the journal Nature provides some… Continue Reading →

Does I.Q. Equal the Whole Story on Intelligence?

I.Q. tests are traditionally viewed as a quantitative measure of a person’s intelligence. Children who score very well on I.Q. tests are often tracked into programs for the “gifted,” while those who do very poorly are tracked into “remedial” programs…. Continue Reading →

Concerns are Raised over the Prescription of Ritalin to Preschool Aged Children

A report in the February 23 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) describes a disturbing trend in the rate at which the stimulant Ritalin is prescribed for preschool-aged children. Dr. Julie Mango Zito and her colleagues… Continue Reading →

Legislation toward Better Reading

In the heated environment of last year’s U.S. presidential election, the subject of education was a common sound bite, with both candidates describing the terrible state of literacy in our nation—and of course each candidate assured us that he was… Continue Reading →

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