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  • 'Will I look dumb?' Human-like virtual assistants can deter help-seeking
    on January 4, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Virtual assistants have become increasingly sophisticated -- and more human-like -- since the days when Clippy asked if you needed help with your document. These assistants are intended to make programs and apps easier to use, but research suggests that human-like virtual assistants may actually deter some people from seeking help on tasks that are supposed to measure achievement.&nbs […]

  • Study: High-stakes tests a likely factor in STEM performance gap
    on December 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Male students tend to do better on high-stakes tests in biology courses, but it's not because they are better students. Gaps in performance change based on the stakes of the test. A new study confirms this, finding that performance gaps between male and female students increased or decreased based on whether instructors emphasized or de-emphasized the value of exams. […]

  • Technology not taking over children's lives despite screen-time increase
    on December 21, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    With children spending increasing amounts of time on screen-based devices, there is a common perception that technology is taking over their lives, to the detriment and exclusion of other activities. However, new research has revealed that as digital pasttimes have become intertwined with daily life, children have adapted their behaviors to include their devices. Much like adults, they are able to multi-task and also do all the things that they would do anyway. […]

  • Screen time before bed linked with less sleep, higher BMIs in kids
    on December 7, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to researchers. […]

  • Security flaw found: 10 million banking app users at risk
    on December 6, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Researchers have developed a tool to perform semi-automated security testing of mobile phone apps. After running the tool on a sample of 400 security critical apps, they were able to identify a critical vulnerability in banking apps. […]

  • Online risks are routine for teens, most bounce back
    on December 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Teens routinely encounter online risks, such as sexual solicitations, cyberbullying and explicit material, but research shows that the negative effects of such exposure appear to be temporary, vanishing for most teens in less than a week. A new study found that typical teens seem to be resilient and cope with most online risks, moving beyond the temporary negative impacts quickly. […]

  • Robot learning improves student engagement
    on December 1, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom, the first-ever study of a pioneering robot-learning course shows. […]

  • Child-proofing the Internet of Things
    on November 29, 2017 at 4:04 am

    As many other current, and potentially future, devices can connect to the Internet researchers are keen to learn more about how so called IoT devices could affect the privacy and security of young people. […]

  • Survey taps students' motivation in STEM
    on November 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Researchers are learning more about undergraduates' experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes and sharing a set of survey questions that will help researchers and educators at other universities do the same. […]

  • Multiplayer video games: Skill at game and intelligence linked
    on November 15, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    A link between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence has been uncovered. […]

  • Engaging children in math at home equals a boost in more than just math skills
    on November 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Preschool children who engage in math activities at home with their parents not only improve their math skills, but also their general vocabulary, according to research from Purdue University. […]

  • Both the aggressor and the victim: Alarming number of teens cyberbully themselves
    on October 30, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    A new form of self-harm in youth has emerged and is cause for concern. The behavior: 'digital self-harm' or 'self-trolling,' where adolescents post, send or share mean things about themselves anonymously online. The concern: it is happening at alarming rates and could be a cry for help. A new study is the first to examine the extent of this behavior and is the most comprehensive investigation of this understudied problem. […]

  • Can good design be cost-effective? Building a massive database of mobile-app designs
    on October 25, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Designing apps for maximum utility is mostly a hit or miss process, according to researchers. There are only limited guides to what works and what doesn't. Scientists would like to change that, and they believe it is possible with the recent release of Rico, a huge database of mobile app designs. […]

  • Dr. YouTube...What's your diagnosis?
    on October 23, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    According to Pew Research center, in 2013, about six out of ten Americans searched for health information online in the past year. With patients regularly turning to the internet for health advice, a group of researchers aimed to evaluate the educational quality of seasonal influenza videos on the user-generated, video-sharing platform, YouTube. […]

  • Be concerned about how apps collect, share health data, expert says
    on October 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Americans should be concerned about how health and wellness apps collect, save and share their personal health data, a medical media expert says. […]

  • Field trips of the future?
    on October 19, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    A biologist examines the benefits and drawbacks of virtual and augmented reality in teaching environmental science. […]

  • Digital services collect unnecessary personal information
    on October 9, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Digital services that require users to log in with a personal account often collect more information about users than is needed. Certain policies may encroach on our privacy. […]

  • What is STEM education?
    on October 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Everyone needs a good teacher -- including teachers. Two new studies show how digging deeper into what STEM education means and strategically designing online classrooms can enhance teaching science, technology, engineering, and math. […]

  • The 3-D selfie has arrived
    on September 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Computer scientists have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3-D facial reconstruction from a single 2-D image -- the 3-D selfie. People are queuing up to try it and so far, more than 400,000 users have had a go. […]

  • School, health and behavior suffer when children have TV, video games in bedroom
    on September 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    A new study is one of the first to demonstrate the consequences of allowing children to have a TV or video game system in their bedroom. Researchers found children did not do as well in school and were at greater risk for obesity and video game addiction. […]

  • Smartphone apps can reduce depression
    on September 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    New research has confirmed that smartphone apps are an effective treatment option for depression, paving the way for safe and accessible interventions for the millions of people around the world diagnosed with this condition. […]

  • Tablets can teach kids to solve physical puzzles
    on September 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Researchers replicated a previous study to confirm that 4- to 6-year-old children can transfer learning of a puzzle from a touchscreen device to the physical version. This contradicts most previous research and suggests that different types of screen learning media could have different effects on whether children can transfer learned skills to the physical world. […]

  • Video game boosts sex health IQ and attitudes in minority teens
    on September 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    A video game to promote health and reduce risky behavior in teens improves sexual health knowledge and attitudes among minority youth, according to a new study. The findings validate the value of the video game as a tool to engage and educate teens at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, said the researchers. […]

  • Social media helps students learn scientific argumentation better
    on September 13, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Students who took part in a program that taught scientific argumentation learned the concepts better than their peers who did not, a study concludes. […]

  • To Improve smartphone privacy, control access to third-party libraries
    on September 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Smartphone apps that share users' personal Information often do so through services called third-party libraries, suggesting a new strategy for protecting privacy. CResearchers say controlling access to these third-party libraries, which help app developers make money by targeting people with ads or compiling marketing profiles, promises to be an effective way of limiting the unwanted release of personal information. […]

  • Brain stimulation for children with learning difficulties?
    on August 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Applying a brain stimulation method, which was previously suggested to enhance mathematical learning in healthy adults, may improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties, according to an exploratory study. […]

  • Mathematical mystery of ancient Babylonian clay tablet solved
    on August 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3,700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, possibly used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces and temples and build canals. The new research shows the Babylonians beat the Greeks to the invention of trigonometry -- the study of triangles -- by more than 1,000 years. […]

  • Security issues with health apps for dementia patients uncovered by researchers
    on August 21, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Many health apps designed to assist dementia patients and their caregivers have inadequate security policies or lack security policies altogether, new research concludes. […]

  • Study: Playing smartphone app aids concussion recovery in teens
    on August 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Generally, after suffering a concussion, patients are encouraged to avoid reading, watching TV and using mobile devices to help their brains heal. But new research shows that teenagers who used a mobile health app once a day in conjunction with medical care improved concussion symptoms and optimism more than with standard medical treatment alone. […]

  • 'Robin Hood effects' on motivation in math
    on August 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Students from families with little interest in math benefit more from a school intervention program that aims at increasing math motivation than do students whose parents regard math as important. A study indicates the intervention program has a "Robin Hood effect" which reduces the "motivational gap" between students from different family backgrounds because new information about the importance of math is made accessible to underprivileged students. […]