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Considering the current local/global pace of change and recognizing that there are increasingly fewer secure jobs, businesses, and/or markets, we believe that the best way to prepare one and all for the future is to enhance and accelerate the way we think, learn, understand and express what we know and what we want to say so that we are effectively prepared for the future, regardless of its permutations.

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  • Effective learning and retention of braille letter tactile discrimination skills in children with developmental dyslexia    (Wed 04 of Mar., 2015)
    We report robust performance gains and skill retention after practice in a tactile braille letter discrimination task in dyslexic individuals and their typical reading peers. The figure shows group averaged braille letter discrimination time (a) and the number of errors (b) for each block in the initial training session, at 24 hours post‐training and in a test conducted two weeks post‐training. The small initial advantage of the typical readers was not apparent in the latter two time points. (Source: Developmental Science)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Foundation doctors and dyslexia: a qualitative study of their experiences and coping strategies    (Tue 03 of Mar., 2015)
    Conclusions Although technological interventions have the potential to offer benefits to foundation doctors with dyslexia, increased openness about a diagnosis of dyslexia with discussion between doctor and supervisors about the challenges and anxieties is likely to provide the most benefit. (Source: Postgraduate Medical Journal)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • The Utility of Neuroimaging Studies for Informing Educational Practice and Policy in Reading Disorders    (Sun 01 of Mar., 2015)
    Educational neuroscience is an emerging scientific field that brings together researchers from neuroscience, psychology, and education to explore the neurocognitive processes underlying educational practice and theory. In this brief article, we take reading disorder (RD, also known as developmental dyslexia) as an example, and explore trends in neuroimaging research, which may have future implications for educational practice and policy. Specifically, we present two examples that have been central to research efforts in our laboratory: (a) utilizing multimodal neuroimaging to optimize criteria to diagnose RD, and (b) identifying neuroimaging markers that predict future academic outcomes. Such research is faced with important challenges, and rigorous validation is necessary before any claim...MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • The role of DCDC2 genetic variants and low socioeconomic status in vulnerability to attention problems    (Sat 28 of Feb., 2015)
    Abstract Both genetic and socio-demographic factors influence the risk for behavioral problems in the developmental age. Genetic studies indicate that shared genetic factors partially contribute to behavioral and learning problems, in particular reading disabilities (RD). For the first time, we explore the conjoint role of DCDC2 gene, an identified RD candidate gene, and socioeconomic status (SES) upon behavioral phenotypes in a general population of Italian children. Two of the most replicated DCDC2 markers [i.e., regulatory element associated with dyslexia 1 (READ1), rs793862] were genotyped in 631 children (boys = 314; girls = 317) aged 11–14 years belonging to a community-based sample. Main and interactive effects were tested by MANOVA for each combination of DCDC2 gen...
  • Dyslexic children lack word selectivity gradients in occipito-temporal and inferior frontal cortex    (Thu 26 of Feb., 2015)
    We report absence of an IFC gradient and connectivity between the lateral aspect of the IFC and the anterior occipito-temporal cortex in the dyslexic children. Together, our results provide insights into the source of the anomalies reported in previous studies of dyslexia and add to the growing evidence of an orthographic role of IFC in reading. (Source: NeuroImage: Clinical)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.