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Monday, September 29, 2014

Your Baby’s Brain, Part 1: Nurture Is As Important As Nature

The Huffington Post – Dr. Gail Cross

“Do you remember the exact moment you held your baby for the first time? I bet that you do. Most of us mothers can remember that moment as if it were yesterday.” (more)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Several Studies Link Childhood Obesity to Low Grades

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A recent series of at least six studies has linked childhood obesity to poor grades…the effects of obesity are great enough to cause a drop in grades, and the research shows that girls are at a greater risk for the effects than boys…The reasons for the drop in academic success are not completely known…” (more)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Language of Life: Five ways language learning will make your child smarter

The Sacramento Bee – ANGELA JACKSON

“Looking for a new activity this fall for your child? Try language learning. I like to say it is the super activity of activities – akin to a “super food.” In addition to the utility of a language, there are many other benefits that lead to your child becoming smarter overall!” (more)

Monday, September 22, 2014

UW research on brain activity delivers lessons on how kids learn

The Seattle Times – John Higgins

“Scientists at the UW are figuring out what happens as children learn — and how to assist those who struggle. Their discoveries are already helping parents and schools.” (more)

To help dyslexic pupils, go to the root of how children learn

The Guardian – David Cox

“But like all neurological disorders, dyslexia is not a static condition. The brain has an astonishing capacity to adapt and overcome hindrances which may be present in our neurobiology when we’re born – an ability referred to as neural plasticity.” (more)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Classes teach young children foreign languages

WBALTV – Megan Pringle

“Experts have always said that the earlier a child learns, the better, and that’s true for learning a foreign language, too. A growing number of parents are enrolling their young children in classes like Spanish and Mandarin Chinese because studies show it can boost a child’s brain function.” (more)

The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart

The Huffington Post – Salman Khan

“People with growth mindsets correctly believe that capability and intelligence can be grown through effort, struggle and failure…The good news is that mindsets can be taught; they’re malleable…For instance, praising someone’s process (“I really like how you struggled with that problem”) versus praising an innate trait or talent (“You’re so clever!”) is one way to reinforce a growth ­mindset with someone.” (more)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

NPR – ALISON BRUZEK

“Scientists analyzing data from a map of connections inside the human brain have gained new insights into the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” (more)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Math Skills In Childhood Can Permanently Affect Brain Formation Later In Life

Medical Daily – Dana Dovey

“Not good at math? Don’t worry. According to a recent study, it’s more of a reflection of your childhood memory skills than of your overall intelligence. Researchers looked at the brains of children as they completed math equations and saw the memory section is increasingly used more than counting sections as a child ages. Unfortunately, failure to memorize math when young could affect your brain’s development and leave you forever counting your fingers and toes.” (more)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brain imaging study examines second-language learning skills

Domain B – Staff Writer

“With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas (KU) shows.” (more)