Learning and Learning Problems



Learning Difficulties Due to Poor Connectivity, not Specific Brain Regions

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. Instead, poor connectivity between 'hubs' within the brain is much more strongly related to children's difficulties.

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South African Study Finds Link Between Low Language Ability and Poor Mental Health

Researchers studied language ability and outcomes for 200 13-year-olds in Khayelitsha, a semi-urban, impoverished township outside Cape Town. The study found clear evidence for a link between low language ability and depression in young people.

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Research: What’s the Best Way to Teach Children a Second Language?

People often assume that children learn new languages easily and without effort, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. But is it really true that children soak up language like sponges?

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4 Common Brain Myths Set Straight

If you assumed that any of the above neuromyths were true, you are not alone. According to research done by Macdonald et al. the general public believe 68 percent of common neuromyths, educators endorse 56 percent, and even respondents with neuroscience training believe 46 percent.

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Study: Key Social Reward Circuit in the Brain Impaired in Autistic Kids

Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

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Learner Scores 5/5 for Reading Skills When He Cannot Read

How does a learner score 5/5 (80%-100%) for reading skills at the end of Grade 2 if he cannot read? We don't know, but it happens, and more often than you think. Watch a learner's remarkable progress in just 9 days since joining Edublox for a new 2-month intensive programme that combines reading lessons and our new online program, Edublox Online Tutor.

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Debunking Neuromyths: Nine Common Brain Myths Set Straight

Researchers have surveyed educators, the public and people who have completed neuroscience courses, to assess their belief in neuromyths. Neuromyths are common misconceptions about brain research, many of which relate to learning and education. They found that belief in neuromyths is extremely common...

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One in Six Women with Learning Disabilities Has Attempted Suicide

Learning disabilities such as dyslexia cast a very long shadow. A new study by the University of Toronto found that the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts was much higher for women who had been diagnosed with learning disabilities (16.6%) compared to women who had not (3.3%). Men with learning disabilities also were more likely...

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Marijuana Use Tied to Poorer School Performance

When high school students started smoking marijuana regularly they were less likely to get good grades and want to pursue university, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

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Diagnosed Autism Linked to Maternal Grandmother’s Smoking in Pregnancy

Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in children of the 90s and found that if a girl's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67 percent more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours.

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