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Pedagogy - 26.07.2022
New AI system using light to learn associatively
New AI system using light to learn associatively
New AI uses associative learning techniques rather than AI's traditional neural networks to challenge the conventional wisdom that artificial neurons and synapses are the sole building blocks of AI. Researchers at Oxford University's Department of Materials, working in collaboration with colleagues from Exeter and Munster have developed an on-chip optical processor capable of detecting similarities in datasets up to 1,000 times faster than conventional machine learning algorithms running on electronic processors.

Psychology - Pedagogy - 14.06.2022
Pre-school play with friends lowers risk of mental health problems later
Pre-school play with friends lowers risk of mental health problems later
Children who learn to play well with others at pre-school age tend to enjoy better mental health as they get older, new research shows. The findings provide the first clear evidence that -peer play ability-, the capacity to play successfully with other children, has a protective effect on mental health.

Pedagogy - 07.06.2022
Underperforming schools need more support to avoid downward spiral
Underperforming schools need more support to avoid downward spiral
Schools with consistently less than "good" Ofsted grades will find it difficult to improve without further support, according to new research led by IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society. Published today, the report "'Stuck' schools: Can below good Ofsted inspections prevent sustainable improvement?" explores the underperformance of 580 schools in England that consistently received less than "good" Ofsted inspection grades between 2005 to 2018.

Pedagogy - Health - 11.04.2022
Trial reveals benefits of text message support on children’s bedtime routines
A proof-of-concept study of an intervention which sends support and information to parents at bedtime by text message has been shown to improve the quality of their children's sleep. Devised by researchers at The Universities of Manchester, the system - costing under 2 per family for a weekwas also shown to improve the overall quality of bedtime routines as well as parental mood.

Pedagogy - 31.03.2022
Married mothers who earn more than their husbands take on an even greater share of housework
Married mothers who earn more than their husbands take on an even greater share of housework
Married couples may be trying to compensate for deviating from the entrenched gender norm of -male breadwinner- While new mothers frequently take on a greater share of housework than their spouses, this effect is even more pronounced in mothers who earn more than fathers, new research from the University of Bath shows.

Pedagogy - Health - 22.02.2022
One in three young people say they felt happier during lockdown
One in three young people say they felt happier during lockdown
One in three young people say their mental health and wellbeing improved during COVID-19 lockdown measures, with potential contributing factors including feeling less lonely, avoiding bullying and getting more sleep and exercise, according to researchers at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 07.02.2022
Doll play prompts children to talk about others' thoughts and emotions - new study
Doll play prompts children to talk about others’ thoughts and emotions - new study
Playing with dolls can prompt children to talk about others' thoughts and emotions, according to the latest findings of a multi-year study from neuroscientists at Cardiff University. The data expands on research exploring the impact of doll play on children, conducted by experts from the School of Psychology's Centre for Human Developmental Science and commissioned by Mattel.