Car, stroller, juice: Babies understand when words are related

The meaning behind infants’ screeches, squeals and wails may frustrate and confound sleep-deprived new parents. But at an age when babies cannot yet speak to us in words, they are already avid students of language.

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Spacing out after staying up late? Here’s why

Ever sleep poorly and then walk out of the house without your keys? Or space out while driving to work and nearly hit a stalled car? A new study led by UCLA’s Dr. Itzhak Fried is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other.

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Brain activity is inherited, may inform treatment for ADHD, autism

Every person has a distinct pattern of functional brain connectivity known as a connectotype, or brain fingerprint. A new study conducted at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, concludes that while individually unique, each connectotype demonstrates both familial and heritable relationships.

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Researcher sheds new light on how brain operates like GPS

Every time you walk out of a building, you immediately see where you’re at and then step toward a destination. Whether you turn left, right or go straight ahead, you don’t even think about it. Simple, right?

Not exactly. The brain performs a complex calculation that works a lot like the Global Positioning System.

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How should we handle boys who can’t read?

Many people know that girls, on average, are worse at math than boys. But the gender difference is three times greater when it comes to reading. According to international studies, this is where boys struggle.

Why? And what can be done about it? For starters, children who struggle most with learning to read could be identified earlier than is currently done. And now, researchers are finding new ways to do this. Continue reading “How should we handle boys who can’t read?”

Graphic Novels: Can Comics Make Your Kid Smarter?

Researchers found that graphic novels help children understand not only what they are reading in class, but also teach reading comprehension strategies students can use in other types of reading and writing.

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Building Brain Habits: Learning from Mistakes

This is the second post in a new series by our founder, Nancy Rowe. Read the first post here.

Katie was well-behaved in class but struggling when it came to school work. At 7 years old, she was unable to complete assignments accurately and on time and had a hard time learning and remembering concepts. Her first grade teacher was unable to motivate Katie and advised her parents to seek additional support. What was the source of Katie’s struggle? What does it take to motivate and engage a student like Katie? Continue reading “Building Brain Habits: Learning from Mistakes”