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Older generations have sometimes been shocked that some younger people can’t read a handwritten note. (Shutterstock)

Why cursive handwriting needs to make a school comeback

Developing fluency in handwriting matters for literacy outcomes, and handwriting is an elegant testimony to the unique power of the human voice.
Can’t remember what you came for? Don’t worry – you probably have a lot going on. Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock

Memory and attention difficulties are often part of a normal life

Do you often forget where you put the keys or what you were looking for in the fridge? It's not necessarily a sign of cognitive decline – it might just come down to being tired, stressed or worried.
To perform a sequence of actions, our brains need to prepare and queue them in the correct order. AYAakovlev/Shutterstock

How the brain prepares for movement and actions

Knowing how the brain prepares for sequences of movements can help us better understand disorders such as stuttering and dyspraxia.
You might just be getting better at the game you’re practicing. Malcolm Lightbody/Unsplash

Are brain games mostly BS?

There are reasons to be skeptical, of both the quality of the evidence presented so far and the questionable assumptions that underlie claims of improved cognitive function after brain training.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not really feeling 22. Sucharas Wongpeth/Shutterstock.com

Why the ‘perfect’ office temperature is a myth

Workplaces the world over tune their thermostats to 22C, because this supposedly optimises mental performance. But the factors that underpin a productive office are much more complicated.

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