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Intensive Instruction Alters Brain Circuitry In Struggling Readers

The early years are when the brain develops the most, forming neural connections that pave the way for how a child — and the eventual adult — will express feelings, embark on a task, and learn new skills and concepts. Scientists have even theorized that the anatomical structure of neural connections forms the basis for […]

Resilient Dyslexia Linked To Increased Grey Matter Volume

The brain mechanism that accounts for the discrepancy between low decoding skills and high reading comprehension has been identified in a new study from Tel Aviv University and University of California San Francisco. Dyslexia, a reading disorder, is characterized by a difficulty in “decoding” — navigating between the visual form and sounds of a written […]

Brain’s Story Processing Is Universal Across Languages

Reading stories is a universal experience that may result in people feeling greater empathy for each other, regardless of cultural origins and differences, suggests new brain research from scientists at the University of Southern California. Furthermore, in what may be a first for neuroscience, the researchers found patterns of brain activation when people find meaning […]

Letter Recognition Ability May Be Hardwired Into Your Brain

Back in the 1960s, the linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky claimed that the human brain is hardwired with an innate understanding of language. This became known as the Universal Grammar theory, and was offered as an explanation of the speed at which children tend to learn their first language. Genetically, the human mind is […]