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Quality Matters More Than Quantity for Word Learning

Quality Matters More Than Quantity for Word Learning | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Vocabulary development has more to do with the “quality” of interactions during word learning rather than simply quantity of speech directed at children.
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Contributing to the quality would also be the positive emotional connection between parent and child as well as the level of information the parent provides.

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Anne Murphy Paul: Why Floundering Makes Learning Better

Anne Murphy Paul: Why Floundering Makes Learning Better | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Call it the "learning paradox": the more you struggle and even fail while you're trying to master new information, the better you're likely to recall and apply that information later.

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Deaf Children’s Gesture Mismatches Are Clues to Their Learning

Deaf Children’s Gesture Mismatches Are Clues to Their Learning | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In a discovery that could help instructors better teach deaf children, a team of University of Chicago researchers has found that a gesture-sign mismatch made while explaining a math problem suggests that a deaf child is experiencing a teachable moment.

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Thought Beyond Language:

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UCLA psychologists investigated a widely-held view that natural language underpins different areas of thought, such as mathematic reasoning. However, their findings overturn this assumption: language and algebra are processed through different neural mechanisms.

 

"Our findings indicate that processing the syntax of language elicits the known substrate of linguistic competence, whereas algebraic operations recruit bilateral parietal brain regions previously implicated in the representation of magnitude," write the study authors. "This double dissociation argues against the view that language provides the structure of thought across all cognitive domains."

 

These results are consistent with neuropsychological evidence (Butterworth, 2005; Cipolotti et al., 1991; Varley et al., 2005) and findings showing parallel dissociations between the operations of language and those of logical reasoning (Monti & Osherson, 2012; Monti, Osherson, Martinez, & Parsons, 2007; Monti et al., 2009).

 

As a side note on their way toward further supporting their findings, the researchers observed that "on a behavioral level, algebraic equivalence was more difficult than linguistic equivalence" for their participants.  [Yep, I think a lot of us could have helped them out with that assessment . . . ]

 

 

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Why Learning Leads To Happiness

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By Philip Moeller for U.S. News Your mind may be the closest thing to the Holy Grail of longevity and happiness.

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10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education

10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A learning trump card is one that reigns over more established education practices. When one strategy trumps another, it means that it is a better way of learning.


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