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Neurological Study Supports Reading Aloud to Young Children

After the children’s caregivers provided information on reading practices in the home, the subjects underwent fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scans while listening to stories. The kids whose guardians read aloud to them at home showed greater brain activity in the parietal lobes, the part of the brain involved in deriving meaning from language, and the occipital lobe, the region involved in visualization.

The results of this study suggest that reading aloud to children promotes their cognitive and imaginative development:

There has been some knowledge that early reading helps kids as well as other kinds of education…The more we can see the actual biology behind it, the more we get a sense that it is real. (Reuters)

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