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Imaging study reveals brain function of poor readers can improve

NIH News, Bethseda, Maryland: National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services. Press release about a brain imaging study has shown that effective reading instruction not only improves reading ability, but actually changes the brain's functioning so that it can perform reading tasks more efficiently with increased activity in a part of the brain that recognizes words. Earlier studies had suggested that new readers have difficulty accessing this automatic recognition centre and that they relied almost exclusively on the phoneme centre and the mapping center. This study showed that as poor readers progressed through their instruction program, their brains began to function more like the brains of good readers with increased activation in the automatic recognition centre.

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