Forensic memory detection tests less effective in older adults — ScienceDaily

New research led by the University of Kent’s School of Psychology has found that some brain activity methods used to detect incriminating memories do not work accurately in older adults.

Findings show that concealed information tests relying on electrical activity of the brain (electroencephalography [EEG]) are ineffective in older adults because of changes to recognition-related brain activity that occurs with aging.

EEG-based forensic memory detection is based on the logic that guilty suspects will hold incriminating knowledge about crimes they have committed, and therefore their brains will elicit a recognition response in the EEG when confronted with reminders of their crimes.

The team of researchers at Kent led by Dr Robin Hellerstedt and Dr Zara Bergström conducted the study with 30 participants under the age of 30 and 30 participants over the age of 65. All participants undertook a concealed information test to detect if they recognised details from a

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Alabama students on COVID school year: Creative coping helped

The Alabama Education Lab asked students around the state to describe how the 2020-21 pandemic school year affected them. First-person essays and student projects will be posted throughout the week here.

Brianna N. Davis is a senior at Zion Chapel High School in Jack.

Throughout the past school year, the biggest thing I have learned is to appreciate the opportunities that I have been given. From missing out on pep rallies, parades, sporting games, and other festivities to watching our Homecoming football game from outside the fence during my senior year, I have definitely felt the impact of COVID-19 on my small, rural community of Jack, Alabama.

Almost every foundation of my life was shaken when COVID-19 mandates, along with fear, were introduced into my life last March. We were told by our county school board that we were being sent home for a two-week-long “Spring Break” and would

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Education Watch: The Legislature Adjourned. How Did Education Fare?

May 28, 2021

Happy Friday, readers! Back in February, I highlighted five education bills to watch in the 2021 legislative session. I tried to focus on initiatives that would have a major impact and were likely to at least progress to the floor (and not die in committee.) So, how did I do? Let’s take a look.

Oversight of charter schools. This legislation would have added layers of transparency to charter schools, particularly those that use an education management company. Epic Charter Schools’ relationship with its management company (which was severed this week after a vote by its governing board) has been the focus of multiple investigations. House Bill 1735 by Rep. Sheila Dills was sidelined early in the session, but revived as House Bill 2966 and passed by the House last week. However, the Senate didn’t take it up. A report from the multicounty grand jury had

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Science Fiction Is Coming to Life All Around Us

I have been reading science fiction for half a century, having spent my childhood consuming it in various forms. Now, for the first time in my life, I feel like I am living in a science fiction serial.

The break point was China’s landing of an exploratory vehicle on Mars. It’s not just the mere fact of it, as China was one of the world’s poorest countries until relatively recently. It’s that the vehicle contains a remarkable assemblage of software and artificial intelligence devices, not to mention lasers and ground-penetrating radar.

There is a series of science fiction novels about China in which it colonizes Mars. Published between 1988 and 1999, David Wingrove’s Chung Kuo series is set 200 years in the future. It describes a corrupt and repressive China that rules the world and enforces rigid racial hierarchies.

It is striking to read the review of the book published

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