In depression the brain region for stress control is larger
September 20, 2018
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 322 million people worldwide were affected by depression in 2015 -- 4.4 percent of the world's population. In the search for the underlying causes of this widespread disorder, researchers have concluded that it could arise from predisposition combi...
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Schizophrenia: 'Resyncing' brain circuits could halt symptoms
September 18, 2018
Schizophrenia is a complex mental condition that is still not fully understood in terms of how brain circuitry links up to behavioral symptoms. Now, however, scientists seem to have found a way to make some of the symptoms disappear.
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The Side Effects of Education: Research and Practice
September 12, 2018

In the early 1900s, Edward Thorndike emerged as the educational leader of the day (Lagemann, 1989). As a behaviorist, he asserted that students should gain knowledge in ways (Thorndike, 1906). On the other hand, John Dewey, one of Thorndike's...
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Epilepsy: New findings 'could change textbooks'
August 11, 2018
New research finds that two key brain proteins are involved in the neuronal misfiring that characterizes epilepsy. The findings "could potentially change textbooks" on epilepsy, according to the researchers, as well as pave the way for new therapies....
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Link found between resilience to dyslexia and gray matter in the frontal brain
July 24, 2018
Dyslexia, a reading disorder, is characterized by a difficulty in "decoding" -- navigating between the visual form and sounds of a written language. But a subset of dyslexic people, dubbed "resilient dyslexics," exhibit remarkably high levels of reading comprehension despite difficulties decoding...
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How music lessons can improve language skills
June 25, 2018
Many studies have shown that musical training can enhance language skills. However, it was unknown whether music lessons improve general cognitive ability, leading to better language proficiency, or if the effect of music is more specific to language processing.
A new study from MIT h...
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Approach can help English learners improve at math word problems
June 19, 2018
English learners are the fastest-growing minority in U.S. schools. While they face many of the same challenges as their peers, when it comes to mathematics, they are not only learning to work with numbers but doing so through the dynamic of a second language that presents new difficulties, especi...
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How instruction changes brain circuitry with struggling readers
June 15, 2018
The early years are when the brain develops the most, forming neural connections that pave the way for how a child -- and the eventual adult -- will express feelings, embark on a task, and learn new skills and concepts.
Scientists have even theorized that the anatomical structure of n...
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ISCRDconnect (Video): Technology Trends and Successes in Special Education
May 3, 2018
Find out about the latest technology trends and upcoming innovations in special education. ISCRDconnect is a series of video sessions designed to share best practices and innovative programs in the fields of special education and cognitive disorders.

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Fragile X syndrome neurons restored using CRISPR/Cas9-guided activation strategy
February 21, 2018
Fragile X syndrome is the most frequent cause of intellectual disability in males, affecting 1 out of 3600 boys born. The syndrome can also cause autistic features, such as social and communication deficits, as well as attentional issues and hyperactivity. Currently, there is no cure for this dis...
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