(HealthDay News) Scientists studying the anatomy of children's brains during reading discovered something rather unexpected: Remedial training for poor readers results in a growth of white matter tracts in the brain, and the increase correlates with the level of improvement in sounding out words.
"This is the first evidence for an increase in white matter in response to a remedial behavioral intervention," said lead author Marcel Just, a psychology professor… "It provides evidence that repeated cognitive exercises can alter the cortical connectivity of the human brain."
The finding could have potential beyond enhancing reading ability. If a behavioral intervention can cause brain growth, benefits might be reflected in any number of brain conditions, including autism, stroke, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury, experts say.
Community: The finding could have potential beyond all that, too. I think that alcoholics and drug addicts who recover are also making physical changes in their brains. And since I believe that overeating is a form of addiction, that means hope for us overeaters, too. I’m convinced that we can actually rewire our brains.
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