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Friday, December 12, 2014

Bilinguals More Efficient at Higher-Level Brain Functions, Study Says

Latin Post – Nicole Akoukou Thompson

“Bilingual people are more efficient at higher-level brain functions. New research suggests that those who speak two languages likely have the “bilingualism advantage,” meaning that they’re more efficient at language processing and other tasks. The “bilingualism advantage” has long been assumed to enhance an ability to differentiate between important information and non-important material, stemming from how bilingual individuals process and practice language. And those assumptions have been proven to be true…”(more)

Three Irish Kids are Changing How We View Scientific Breakthroughs

Good – Mark Hay

“…last month, media outlets around the world lit up over the victory of three 16-year-old Irish girls, Sophie Healy-Thow, Émer Hickey, and Clara Judge of the small town of Kinsale, at the 2014 Google Science Fair…the Irish trio’s experiment, slowly grown over three years out of a love of gardening, natural curiosity, and methodical tests on more than 13,000 seeds, is a prime example of the rigor and dedication apparent in successful young scientists…The girls appear to be part of something much greater as well…At this year’s Google fair, a host of other entrants from around the globe presented other interesting projects with real world potential…these young students are actually making contributions on par with many veteran researchers, challenging perceptions of what scientific achievement looks like. “(more)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Study: Higher Birth Weight Correlates to Better School Performance

Education Week – Christina Samuels

“An analysis of matched birth and school records of 1.6 million children in Florida born between 1992 and 2002 shows that the higher the children’s weight at birth, the better that child’s later performance on reading and math tests…The researchers conducted further analyses of the schools that the children attended, noting that the effect of birthweight does not appear to be overcome by attending a higher-quality school…In a press release announcing the findings, Jeffrey Roth, a research professor of pediatrics in the University of Florida College of Medicine and a co-author of the study, said…”We tend to think that good schools are places where struggling kids get special attention and motivated teachers can correct any problems with learning,” he said. “This research indicates that is not always the case. Good schools are good for everyone, but even the best schools don’t seem to differentially help kids with early health disadvantage.””(more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Brain Science in the Classroom

Education Week – Benedict Carey

“The most valuable course a student could take is not currently a part of any standard curriculum. It’s Learning 101—specifically, how the brain picks up knowledge and skills most efficiently…The science of learning offers…small techniques that can be deployed right away—today; now—and have outsized effects.” (more)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?

MSN – Staff Writer

“Obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood, a new study of Swedish males suggests.” (more)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mother’s thyroid level ‘may predict child’s poor maths’

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Children born to mothers who have low levels of thyroid hormones during pregnancy tend to do worse in maths in early primary school, a study says.” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

When it comes to a growing child, the brain comes first

Philly.com – Robert Preidt

“Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends.” (more)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Are elementary school start times too early for young children?

Floyd County Times – Staff Writer

“…the research was led by Peggy S. Keller, UK associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She found that earlier school start times were associated with lower standardized test scores, poorer attendance, lower school rank and school under-performance.” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“”The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says…But to produce this sort of brain development, children need to engage in plenty of so-called free play, Pellis says.” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TV Background Noise Harms Children’s Development; Some Educational Programs OK

Medical Daily – Matthew Mientka

“Yet another study shows that background television noise may harm a child’s learning and development, as electronic screens continue to proliferate in the home.” (more)