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Friday, April 11, 2014

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Motherlode – Annie Murphy Paul

“Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? That was the question explored in research presented last week…The students’ reading comprehension, the researchers found, was higher when they read conventional books.”(more)

Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills

Harvard Health Publications – Heidi Godman

“In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.”(more)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Math Anxiety Is Linked to Genetics, Study Finds

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“There’s been plenty of buzz on the topic of math anxiety over the last few years. Studies have shown it can lead to decreased working memory, low performance, and avoidance of math pursuits. Much of the research on math anxiety’s causes has focused on early exposure to negative math experiences. However, the new study looks at how influential genetics are in determining whether students develop math anxiety.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Language is a ‘biological instinct’: Babies don’t learn to develop speech – they’re BORN with the ability

The Daily Mail – Sarah Griffiths

“New research says that babies are born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, which sheds light on the whether nature or nurture is responsible for speech in humans.”(more)

The Scientific Reasons Why Students Need to Read Fiction

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Does reading fiction have any impact on students brains? Neuroscience has an unexpected answer to this. A recent neuro-scientific research posted in New York Times reveals that reading stories with detailed descriptions and complicated plots written in an evocative and emotional language full of metaphors and other figures of speech does stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.”(more)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism…Having a map like this is important because many psychiatric and behavioral problems appear to begin before birth, “even though they may not manifest until teenage years or even the early 20s,” says Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.”(more)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Early Education Boosts Health, Economic Outcomes

U.S. News & World Report – Allie Bidwell

“While previous research had shown early childhood education could help improve children’s health later in life, the Abecedarian program shows programs that also invest in health components “can boost education, health and economic outcomes,” said co-author James Heckman, a University of Chicago economics professor and Nobel laureate, in a statement.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Active Moms Equal Active Kids


“Mothers might not feel like they have any extra seconds in the day to exercise, but a new study finds that being a more active mom will make your young children more active too.”(more)

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

GPB News – Jon Hamilton

“The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth…Intervention in early childhood, researchers say, may help the developing brain compensate by rewiring, to work around the trouble spots.”(more)

New insight into how children learn maths

BBC News – Helen Briggs

“Eight-year-olds gained a deeper understanding of mathematical principles by using their hands as well as their brains, say US psychologists.”(more)