New study suggests intensive reading interventions in young children cause the brain to physically rewire itself, thus leading to new white matter that improves communication within the brain. This study, to be published in the journal, Neuron, involved children between the ages of 8 and 10. Children received 100 hours of intensive remedial training. After the training, brain imaging indicated that the white matter in the brain was able to transmit signals more efficiently. In addition, reading testing showed the children's reading ability improved.
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