Today’s Video of the Day comes from a new study by researchers at Binghamton University who have found a way to predict a child’s future reading level by measuring their brainwaves.
The team of scientists, led by Sarah Laszlo and Mallory Stites, measured the brain activity of kids and compared the data to their report cards and vocabulary 2 years later. Using event-related potentials (ERPs), they determined that brain activity was in fact different in children who attained higher reading levels than those who did not.
“Your brain is what allows you to do everything, from math to designing buildings to making art,” said Laszlo. “If we look at what the brain is doing during reading, it is a really good predictor of how reading will develop.”
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation and published in the journal Psychophysiology.
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer