Education, plasticity and learning: the virtuous cycle between education and neuroscience

Lecture | April 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Jason D. Yeatman, PhD, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Washington

 Department of Psychology

Reading instruction prompts the emergence of neural circuits that are specialized for rapidly translating printed symbols into sound and meaning. Understanding how these circuits differ in children with dyslexia, and change with learning, is an important scientific challenge that holds practical implications for education. In this talk I will present new data linking changes in the white matter to the process of learning to read. Combining intensive reading intervention programs, with longitudinal MRI measurements, we find that altering a child’s educational environment can dramatically change white matter circuits, cortical response properties and behavior over the timescale of weeks.

 lisabranum@berkeley.edu