November 2016

NPR: How science is rewiring the dyslexic brain

Our ancient ancestors were able to speak long before they were able to read or write. That history is etched in our brains. The human brain naturally picks up spoken language. Not so for reading. (November 29, 2016) Read the full article here

BBC: Thousands ‘miss out on stroke treatment’

About 9,000 stroke patients a year are missing out on a treatment that can prevent disability following a stroke, say UK experts. Clot retrieval can restore blood flow to the brain, preventing some lasting damage, but currently only 600 patients a year get this therapy, they estimate. (November 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Psych Central: First impressions are important – they last

The adage that “first impressions are the most lasting,” appears correct as new research finds that people tend to be influenced by another person’s initial appearance. Cornell University researchers say that although people are often advised to “not judge a book by its cover,” people often to do just that. (November 30, 2016) Read the […]

CNN: Religious thoughts trigger reward systems like love, drugs

Most Americans, about 89%, say they believe in God, and some have felt God’s presence while listening to a sermon or sensed time stand still while they were in deep prayer or meditation. Now, a new study shows through functional MRI scans that such religious and spiritual experiences can be rewarding to your brain. (November […]

NPR: 6 potential brain benefits of bilingual education

Again and again, researchers have found, “bilingualism is an experience that shapes our brain for a lifetime,” in the words of Gigi Luk, an associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. At the same time, one of the hottest trends in public schooling is what’s often called dual-language or two-way immersion programs. (November 29, […]