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The relationship between language and thought

I Am Expat – Marjolein Kuperus

“What is the relationship between language and thought? Do we need language to be able to think? Or was our thinking there first and is language a “translation” of what we think? Language and thought exist naturally side by side and influence each other in turn. But there is more to it than that. American professor Lera Boroditsky’s research has shown that the language we speak also determines how we perceive things. Our language determines what we see.” (more)

When doctors say ‘Read,’ new parents listen

The Hechinger Report – Lillian Mongeau

“The evaluation of the campaign was based on interviews with 370 parent participants, like Wright, who heard the message from their doctors about the importance of talking, reading and singing with their children. Each parent was interviewed three times – before their doctor’s appointment, immediately after the appointment and eight to 12 weeks after the appointment. Parents were also given a tote bag containing a book, a CD of kids’ songs, a t-shirt and a blanket, along with a $25 gift certificate as a thank you for agreeing to the interviews.” (more)

Decoding Versus Cognitive Ability

Language Magazine – Terrie L. Noland

“Automaticity is necessary in everything we do to enable us to move to higher-order thinking skills and perform tasks flawlessly. When we first learn to drive a car, we expend our brainpower on technical skills such as speed, turn signals, and road signs. We use both hands on the steering wheel. It takes significant cognitive capacity to remember to look in the mirrors to change lanes. At this stage of our learning process, we have not mastered the “automaticity” of the skills needed to drive a car, but with practice and confidence, our lower-level processing becomes automatic as we drive. ” (more)

Helping Students Develop Executive Function Skills

Edutopia – Gina DiTullio

“Executive function is an umbrella term in neuroscience to describe the neurological processes involving mental control and self-regulation. Executive functions control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors like controlling impulses, paying attention, remembering information, planning and organizing time and materials, and responding appropriately to social situations and stressful situations.” (more)

Is your child receiving a bilingual education? Here’s why schools embrace the idea — it works

The Desert Sun – Joseph Hong

“Being bilingual boosts test scores and chances in the job market, Arellano and Zavala agreed, but it also has a deeper intellectual impact. “They learn to use their brains in different ways,” Arellano said. In learning to think in two languages, students develop communication skills and a more profound understanding of language. According to Arellano and other dual immersion teachers across the valley, learning Spanish improves your English and vice versa.” (more)

Musical learning and the brain

The Concordian – Elise Martin

“Lucía Vaquero and Virginia Penhune, researchers in Concordia’s Department of Psychology, recently published a study in NeuroImage that reveals the link between the structure and size of white matter in the brain and the learning of melody and rhythm. “We wanted to explore music learning in non-musicians, because there had been previous investigations linking structural connectivity to music learning and music practice, but [only] in musicians compared to non-musicians,” said Vaquero.” (more)