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Study: Reading intervention improved brain function



Brains We all know (don't we?) that schools can change kids' lives for the better. Now comes research that shows schools can make their brains better, too.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found intensive reading programs actually improved brain performance - and physically rewired the brains - of struggling readers, according to research published this month in the journal Neuron.

"Brain imaging of children between the ages of 8 and 10 showed that the quality of white matter - the brain tissue that carries signals between areas of grey matter, where information is processed - improved substantially after the children received 100 hours of remedial training," writes ScienceDaily. "After the training, imaging indicated that the capability of the white matter to transmit signals efficiently had increased, and testing showed the children could read better."

"This opens a new era of being able to see the brain wiring change when an effective instructional treatment is applied," one of the researchers told ScienceDaily. "It lets us see educational interventions from a new perspective."

Now, if we could only afford brain imaging equipment for every school ...

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