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A CHAT WITH MATH AND VISUALIZATION EXPERT JENNIFER PLOSZ

Today, I had a great conversation with Jennifer Plosz, a math teacher currently at the University of Calgary School of Education who is also a talented visualization expert and is dyslexic.

She had recently been in touch with Dr. Manuel Casanova, the neuropathologist who made the interesting discovery that the minicolumn organization in the brain […]

Q & A: Can Someone Be Both Dyslexic and Autistic ? [Premium]

QUESTION: Is it Possible to Have Both Dyslexia and Autism?

The short answer is yes, but it’s likely not very common and in general many of the features of dyslexia and autism are opposite. By strict criteria, low IQ and autism are excluded from the diagnosis of dyslexia. However, it is not difficult to speculate […]

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Individual Differences: How Do You Remember ? [Premium]

How do you remember what happened?  As depersonalized facts and happenings? Or detailed sensory scenes and experiences?

In one of the clearest demonstrations studies so far, researchers showed striking differences between how different people told them how they remembered and brain connectivity patterns.

The research is relevant to everyone, of course, whether parents, teachers, or team leaders.

From Science Daily,

“For […]

By |July 8th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Memory, Science|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Individual Differences: How Do You Remember ? [Premium]

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Executive Function: What Smart People Do Differently While Learning [Premium]

When researchers compared high IQ and average test subjects in a learning paradigm, the results were surprising.

In some areas high IQ individuals work less, as might be expected by the idea that higher IQ people have more efficient brains for learning tasks, but in other areas, high IQ brains were working harder.

When were high […]

By |June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, Education, Learning, Memory, Premium, Premium Content, Social and Emotional, Teachers, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Executive Function: What Smart People Do Differently While Learning [Premium]

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Latest Research – Your Brain on Audiobooks [Premium]

 This is pretty cool research. When we listen to stories, we maybe transported to a different place and time, living in the heads of characters, and immersing ourselves in another world. What does that look like in our brains? We have a clearer answer now from brain researchers in the Netherlands, and besides seeing how […]

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New Research: Brain Scans Predict Cognitive Performance

” This suggests that individual differences in many cognitive tasks are a stable trait marker.”

There’s a new Oxford research study circulating through scientific communities and around the world. From Science (Task-free MRI predicts individual differences in brain activity during task performance), Tavor and collegues applied machine-learning principles to test subjects in a “resting state” to see […]

By |May 13th, 2016|Categories: Brain, Research, Science, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Research: Brain Scans Predict Cognitive Performance

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This is Your Brain on Words [Premium]

In breaking research from UC Berkeley, researchers have found a complicated filing system when it comes to how we process words that we hear. While listening to stories, individual words triggered tiny activation explosions all over the brain associated with word associations – “Words were grouped under various headings: visual, tactile, numeric, locational, abstract, temporal, professional, […]

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Beautiful Minds – What New Research Shows Dyslexia and Artists Have in Common [Premium]

 BBC Science:  “…artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery.

The research, published in NeuroImage, suggests that an artist’s talent could be innate…these detailed scans revealed that the artist group had significantly more grey matter in the area of the brain called the precuneus in the parietal lobe.”

From Cerebral Cortex […]

By |March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Art, Brain, creativity, Dyslexic Advantages, Premium, Premium Content, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Beautiful Minds – What New Research Shows Dyslexia and Artists Have in Common [Premium]

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This is Your Brain on Phonics – fMRI and Dyslexia [Premium Subscription]

One of the greatest neuromyths about dyslexia is that it’s just about reading. Kudos to the Gabrieli lab (and many others) who are unraveling the differences that exist between dyslexic and non-dyslexic children because the science can inform us about what we may need to do as teachers and tutors. In the following article, […]

Dyslexic Advantage Visits UW Brain Research Lab – Subjects Wanted

What fun! Brock and I had a chance to visit the University of Washington I-Labs and one of Seattle’s newest reading and dyslexia researchers, Jason Yeatman. Jason’s right hand man is Patrick Donnelly, who recently came out from Boston. Though new acquaintances, they seemed like old friend because of so many friends and colleagues in common.

Jason […]

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Dyslexia and What We Know About Dyslexic Minds

Alan Alda talks with Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, and Dr. Manuel Casanova about recent advances in our understanding of the brain bases of Dyslexia as well as dyslexic strengths and advantages. This is the first in a series of videos from an event co-sponsored by Eye to Eye National and […]

Spatial Learning: Dyslexics vs. Typical Readers

Visual Scientist Matthew Schneps of the Smithsonian finds ‘dyslexic advantage’ reading visual scenes.

Dr. Matthew Schneps, director of the Lab for Visual Learning at the Smithsonian has found a heightened ability to read visual scenes among severe life-long dyslexics vs. typical readers.

Excerpt: “People with dyslexia, who face lifelong struggles with reading, exhibit numerous associated low-level […]

Dyslexia: From Slow to Rocket Scientist – Dr Dave McComas

From Slow to the Interstellar Frontier. Unable to read until the age of 12, today Dr David McComas is the innovative principal investigator for the IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) mission, a program that repeatedly shocked the scientific community by overturning theories in space energy and understanding of sun-earth-galaxy interactions. Dr. McComas is also a […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia: From Slow to Rocket Scientist – Dr Dave McComas

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Visual Perception Art from Oakes Twins with Dyslexia

Amazing visual perceptual art work from Trevor and Ryan Oakes, two extremely talented New York Artists who are profoundly dyslexic. Their work hangs in many art museums and has been called “one of the most original breakthroughs in the rendering of visual space since the Renaissance.” 

“In the old days, the dyslexic boys had taken […]

By |October 11th, 2015|Categories: Being Dyslexic, creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Visual Perception Art from Oakes Twins with Dyslexia

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Dyslexia Accommodations | First Days of School – What to Say

At the start of every term, students all over the world have to get  ready for the spiel they need to say to their teachers in order to get accommodations in place.

It seems especially tough to expect elementary school students to do the talking, but if a parent or friend help coaches, it can be  a positive experience […]

Dyslexia and the Myth of the Normal Brain

“The cumulative effect of these studies suggests that a more judicious approach to treating mental disorders would be to replace a “disability” or “illness” paradigm with a “diversity” perspective that takes into account both strengths and weaknesses and the idea that variation can be positive in and of itself. To this end, a new […]