Educators have long encouraged parents to read aloud to their children from the moment they’re born, stressing that every new word and sound strengthens the cognition needed to excel academically. A new study out of Cincinnati’s Children Hospital further supports that conjecture, this time showing changes in the brain activity of youngsters exposed to text.
In the study, children between the ages of 3 and 5 underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans while listening to pre-recorded stories. Parents answered questions about how much they read to their young ones. Researchers also measured the literacy within the home, including the frequency of child-parent reading sessions, variety of books, and access to literature.
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