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Still more brain effects

Posted Dec 03 2005 12:00am

Adults with dyslexia who got intensive phonics instruction had improved decoding skills and changes in brain activity, according to reports about a study from several universities. Lynn Flowers, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem and one of the researchers, studied 19 adults with dyslexia and 19 adults without dyslexia. The researchers require half of the adults with dyslexia to attend an eight-week intervention program three hours a day, five days a week. After the instructional period, they retested the adults and obtained Functional Magenetic Resonance Images (fMRI) of the activity in their brains when they performed reading tasks. They found that the adults with dyslexia who received the training had significant improvements in reading and changes in brain activity while reading.

One more time: Maybe it’s behavior-brain relationships, not brain-behavior relationships.

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