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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)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

NPR – Cory Turner

“Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music — it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin; they found that playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Yet Another Reason to Learn a Second Language: It Makes Your Brain Bigger

Big Think – Robert Montenegro

“Learning a second language is vitally important for development and personal education. Not only do bilinguals possess stronger memories and exhibit greater mental flexibility than monolinguals, there’s evidence that learning a second language can also stall the onset of dementia.” (more)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The teen brain: Wired for risk and responsive to an audience

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Many of us believe if we arm our teens with enough facts they won’t drink and drive, smoke pot or have sex at 16.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Michael Rosen: Why curiosity is the key to life

The Guardian – Sabine Durrant

“Growing up, Michael Rosen’s mum and dad taught him to ask questions, to explore ideas and to learn about everything. He says parents can be their children’s best teachers – through the stuff of daily living, not lists of dry facts.” (more)

Pupils must follow ‘five-a-day’ rule to boost mental health

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“The headmaster of Highgate School in London says that children need to be given more structure to their life – including a ban on computers in the bedroom – to improve their mental health.” (more)