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Friday, October 24, 2014

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

NPR Ed – MAANVI SINGH

“…when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. But why? What, exactly, is curiosity and how does it work? A study published in the October issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that the brain’s chemistry changes when we become curious, helping us better learn and retain information.” (more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education?

Philly.com – Anna Nguyen

“In June, the AAP issued a new recommendations on early literacy that emphasized “reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships”…And now the AAP has more information for parents…” (more)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Johnson: bilingual brains

The Economist – R.L.G.

“The researchers in this line of inquiry tend to share a common hypothesis: that being bilingual is a kind of constant inhibitory mental exercise. With two languages in the mind, nearly everything has two labels (words) and nearly everything can be expressed in two different kinds of sentences (grammar). Every time a thing is named, an alternative must be suppressed.” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

The Atlantic – Cody C. Delistraty

“…the benefits of speaking multiple languages extend past just having access to different words, concepts, metaphors, and frames. Multilingualism has a whole slew of incredible side effects: Multi-linguals tend to score better on standardized tests, especially in math, reading, and vocabulary; they are better at remembering lists or sequences…” (more)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Do you know the effects of technology on your child’s brain?

Calgary Herald – Julie Freedman Smith & Gail Bell

“Pediatricians should continue to urge parents to avoid TV- and video-viewing for children younger than 2 years. Increasing amounts of research have shown that infants and toddlers have a critical need for direct interactions with parents and other regular caregivers for healthy brain growth.” (more)

How myths about the brain are hampering teaching

Phys.org – Staff Writer

“Myths about the brain are common among teachers worldwide and are hampering teaching, according to new research…Teachers in the UK, Holland, Turkey, Greece and China were presented with seven so-called ‘neuromyths’ and asked whether they believe them to be true…The new research from the University of Bristol, published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, calls for better communication between neuroscientists and educators.” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep.

The New York Times – Benedict Carey

“There is research suggesting that different kinds of sleep can aid different kinds of learning, and by teaching “sleep study skills,” we can let our teenagers enjoy the sense that they’re gaming the system…for any young student who wants to do better — in school, in sports, in music or even in the social whirl (yes, that’s learning too) — knowing the science of sleep will help them respect slumber for what it is: learning consolidation.” (more)

Panelists push for need, funding of early-childhood education

The Seattle Times – Katherine Long

“Science and politics shared the stage Wednesday night as two nationally known researchers discussed how a baby’s brain is primed for learning from the moment of birth…between birth and 7 years of age, children’s brains are primed to learn a second language, yet that ability starts to drop off in early adolescence…politicians underscored the need for a greater state commitment to early-childhood education.” (more)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two hours of physical exercise per week could make your child smarter

TheHealthSite – Editorial Team

“A new study has revealed that just two hours of extra physical activity each week can improve school performance…According to Dr John Rately…an active child’s brain develops much better than one who is not.” (more)

Monday, October 13, 2014

How A Second Language Betters Your Brain

The Huffington Post – Nathan Collins

“Speaking more than one language has some advantages beyond ordering food in the local tongue — psychologists believe that bilingualism has many other positive side effects. Now, researchers have evidence connecting bilinguals’ talents to stronger so-called executive control in the brain.” (more)