Reading Makes Students Smarter
by Mel Riddile
“Now we have a study that shows that when you train kids in reading, you change their white matter to where it should be. And that helps show that anybody who has acquired literacy will manifest different brain anatomy and physiology than non-readers." - Guinevere Eden, a Georgetown University researcher who is president of the International Dyslexia Association.
A recent news report indicates that “in the past 20 years, there has been an explosion of studies showing just how adaptable and malleable the human brain is.”
The journal Neuron reports that brain researchers Marcel Just and Timothy Keller at Carnegie-Mellon University’s Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging have found that just six months of intensive remedial reading instruction, children who had been poor readers were not only able to improve their skills, but grew new white-matter connections in their brains.