Reading and Literacy

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I’ve got an article that appeared in this week’s Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles about recent research from Hadassah University on the neurobiology of bilingual (English-Hebrew) reading. Is the English-reading brain somehow different from the Hebrew-reading brain? You might not expect any major differences; after all, both languages are alphabetic and are read more…

Your Brain on Fast Food

Some kids more readily recognize Ronald McDonald than the President of the United States of America. Sad, right? Check out this exchange, from the 2004 movie Super Size Me: Morgan Spurlock: [to kids] I’m gonna show you some pictures and I want you to tell me who they are. Children: OK. Morgan Spurlock: [Showing a…

Yesterday, at our department’s end-of-the-year party, I was informed that I was one of two winners this year of the Outstanding Research Poster Award.

Are E-Readers Value-Added?

A recent paper from the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy came across my desktop yesterday called e-Reading and e-Responding: New Tools for the Next Generation of Readers. In it, Lotta C. Larson describes her observation of 10 fifth-grade students who were given access to an e-reader containing two recent award-winning books, both by Christopher…