Highlights from Europe: Social Sciences
Brain training to become as prevalent as physical training
According to D. Dankner, chief executive of Applied Cognitive Engineering, in the future cognitive enhancing software will become the equivalent of nowadays physical gym visits. Applied Cognitive Engineering is currently coordinating the EU funded BrainPEER project in which the IntelliGym software is being developed.
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Meditation visibly changes your brainwaves
Recent research in the context of the BRAINandMINFULNESS project has confirmed the beneficial effects of meditation on practitioners slow brainwaves and sleep spindles, brief periods of waxing and waning faster oscillations early in the night. These discoveries may help us understand how spirituality affects our understanding of others mental states, which may feed into the development and implementation of educational programmes to enhance self-representation and the ability to relate with others.
For more information, check the article at Horizon magazine
Multilingualism, a keystone for an inclusive EU.
In the words of Dr Michele Gazzola "language skills across Europe are often overestimated". The EU-funded MIME project is therefore exploring how language policies can be harnessed to preserve mobility within the EU without compromising on inclusion. Researchers who have been studying the link between multilingualism and social cohesion in the context of this project discovered that weak foreign language skills prevent people from fully engaging in European Society, particularly if they are poor.
Poor citizens are thus more likely to be adversely affected when the EU employs a more stringent official language policy, as is sometimes proposed. In today's political environment, it is therefore particularly important that the EU makes informed decisions on language policy.
For more information about this project, please visit this link