In struggling readers, white matter in the brain strengthened — and their reading performance improved — after just eight weeks of a specialized tutoring program, a new University of Washington study indicates. The early years are when the brain develops the most, forming neural connections that pave the way for how a child — and… Read more

The brain responses of infants with an inherited risk for developmental dyslexia, predict their future reading speed in secondary school, according to a study conducted at the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR). This was a longitudinal study which used EEG to look at… Read more

Babies prefer to look at faces and pictures of faces over any other object or pattern. A recent study found that even fetuses in the womb will turn their heads towards dots of light shone through the mother’s skin if the dots broadly resemble a face. Brain imaging studies show that face recognition depends on… Read more

Dyslexics recover faster than non-dyslexics from their responses to stimuli such as sounds and written words, leading to their perceptual and reading difficulties, new research suggests. The finding could lead to earlier diagnosis and intervention of the condition. Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that affects one in every 10 to 20 people in the… Read more

Using one single category of learning disability to qualify students with written language challenges for special education services is not scientifically supported, University of Washington research shows. This is because some students only have writing disabilities, but some have both reading and writing disabilities. The study is among the first to identify structural white matter… Read more