Children visualize the words they hear

(Education Week) Coverage from Education Week on the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital study that pinponted the part of the brain that helps young children ‘visualize’ stories which are read aloud to them. Effectively, children visualize words they hear. If a child hears a story that says, “the frog jumps over the log,” the visual part of their brain says, “OK, I know what a frog looks like. I know what a log looks like. Let’s put it all together.” And then they get a mental picture.

And children with repeated exposure to spoken sophisticated words do a better job visualizing what they hear. The study is one of the first to prove the theory that reading aloud to children is beneficial, with actual brain imaging from an fMRI scan. Read Article.

John S. Hutton, Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, Alan L. Mendelsohn, Tom DeWitt, Scott K. Holland, the C-MIND Authorship Consortium (2015). Home reading environment and brain activation in preschool children listening to stories. Pediatrics, 136 (3).

Publication:      Education Week
Author:             Lillian Mongeau
Publish Date:   9.14.2015