Kids’ developing brain regions hit hard by sleep deprivation...

Dec 27, 2016 by

University of Zurich research have demonstrated that the brains of 5- to 12-year-olds respond differently to sleep deprivation than adults. Lack of sleep in children affects posterior regions of the brain, which deal with spatial perception, vision and processing multi-sensorial input....

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Training the Brain: Beyond Vision Therapy

Aug 23, 2016 by

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of the ThinkRx cognitive training program. Sixty-one children (ages 6–18) were given pretest and post-test assessments using seven batteries from the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Achievement. Thirty-one of the students were enrolled in or had completed a 24-week cognitive training program in a LearningRx center. A propensity matched control group of thirty students was selected from a group who had pretested but chosen not to enroll in the cognitive training program. Students who completed the ThinkRx cognitive training program realized greater gains than the control group on all measures. Statistically significant differences between groups were noted in six of the seven sets of scores (ps < .001). There were no significant differences based on age, gender, or learning disability. Multiple regression analyses indicated that treatment group membership was a statistically significant predictor of pretest to post-test score differences in associative memory (R2= .445), logic and reasoning (R2= .233), working memory (R2= .265), processing speed (R2= .409), auditory processing (R2= .352), and Word Attack (R2= .359). Completion of the cognitive training program was not a significant predictor of scores on visual processing. Reference: Gibson, K., Carpenter, D., Moore, A.L., & Mitchell, T. (2015). Training the Brain to Learn: Beyond Vision Therapy. Vision Development and Rehabilitation, 1(2), 119–128. To learn more, download LearningRx’s 48-page 2016 edition of “Client Outcomes and Research Results,”  here:...

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Video games have positive effects on kids’ cognitive skills...

Apr 30, 2016 by

New research published in the journal “Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology,” indicates that playing on-screen games is actually good for children’s mental, cognitive and social skills....

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Kids who move while learning may observe more

Mar 30, 2016 by

A new study of 500 children in the Netherlands found that those who learned math and spelling in physically active classes tested better than kids who sat at their desks....

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The brain’s of ASD youth with hypersensitivity react differently...

Jul 22, 2015 by

UCLA researchers using fMRIs found that the brains youth on the autism spectrum who were more sensitive to sensory stimuli react different than autistic children without the extra sensitivity....

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Loud noises change how brain processes speech

Sep 6, 2014 by

Neuroscientists at the University of Texas at Dallas how found that loud noises change how our brain processes speech....

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Visual cortex uses information from ears too

Jul 6, 2014 by

Researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow have discovered that the visual cortex uses information from what you hear, as well as what you see....

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