Reading Childrens Minds


Lee Hadden writes "There is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal of May 20, 2003:
"MRIs Take a Look At Reading Minds: Brain Scans Show Changes,
Shedding Light on Dyslexia." By ROBERT MCGOUGH.

In research that may shed light on what goes wrong in the brains of
children with reading disabilities, scientists traced changes in the brains
of normal children as they increasingly rely on logic and word decoding to
read and less on visualization.
The imaging study helps set a baseline for what happens in
the brain as children become proficient adult readers. The approach may
eventually help researchers monitor how effectively various
reading-intervention strategies work.
They say the research also helps link specific reading skills developed over time
with specific regions of the brain. Children who have trouble with these
skills are at risk of having reading problems.
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