Welcome to the June 2019 Learning Brain News.

More about “screen time” this month - there’s a new test to indicate if a child may be at risk of developing screen addiction (read What’s New). And in this edition you can link to a webinar that looks at what adding neuroscience to education can achieve.

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Devon Barnes
Learning Brain News

PS: For a look at teaching STEAM in a primary school, check out “Teaching STEAM, soft skills, Minecraft & Lego Robots”.

Doctor is making a diagnosis for a patient in medical officeLatest Research

Foreign Speech Sounds: Key for New language Learning

A new study by cognitive neuroscientists using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain scans recognises the importance of processing foreign speech sounds as a foundation for learning a new language. Read more.


Pretty young woman making a decision with arrows and question mark above her headHow Our Brains Make Big Decisions

Pretty young woman making a decision with arrows and question mark above her head When making a complex decision, there are often many factors to be considered. Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have explored how the brain breaks a complicated problem down into a series of smaller decisions. Read more.


gaming problemWhat's New?

When does gaming become a problem? New online test predicts risk of gaming disorder

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently recognised video game addiction as a mental health problem. A new online test can help detect those most at risk of developing gaming disorder. Read more.

What's On?



Adding Neuroscience to Education: Can It Really Help?

How can you help your students become better learners? This recorded webinar will explain how you can help your students absorb your teaching more effectively. Learn about: The 4 cognitive skills all learners need The latest research into neuroscience and learning And lots more in this new webinar. Listen to the Webinar here.


Online Course

The key to understanding your child - Trait 1_Page_01Understanding your Child

Learn how to understand your child better with a new course by international profiling expert, Alan Stevens.  In this course you will become familiar with three personality traits and how they may differ between you and your child. And then how best to communicate with your child. Read more.

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How memories form and how we lose them

Why do we remember some things, and not others? And why do memories eventually fade? Catharine Young gives the basics on memory and memory loss in this TedEd Animation.


Autism magnifiying glassAutism

Behavioural disorders in kids with autism linked to reduced brain connectivity

More than a quarter of children with autism spectrum disorder are also diagnosed with disruptive behaviour disorders. Researchers have identified a possible biological cause: a key mechanism that regulates emotion functions differently in the brains of the children who exhibit disruptive behaviour. Read more.

The Learning Capacity Podcast

John Burfoot - STEAM specialist teacherTeaching STEAM, “soft” Skills, Minecraft and Lego Robots

What is STEM and why did it become STEAM?

John Burfoot, a specialist STEAM teacher in a New South Wales Primary school explains in an episode of the Learning Capacity Podcast.

He also talks about how STEAM lessons enable students to learn valuable 'soft' life skills, as well as technical and technological skills. Read more.

Maths_Skills_booster_book3Free Download

Would you like your child to be more confident and better at maths?

  • Does your child struggle with maths?
  • Have you tried to help, but it has not made much difference?
  • Does maths create conflict between you and your child?
Imagine if maths were easier for your child, how much better would they feel? Get your free download here.

late bloomers bookBook of the Month

Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement (2019) Rich Karlgaard

It can be a terrible disservice to kids and young adults to obsess over early achievement, Many of us only reach our potential later in life. This book is about “late bloomers” and argues it brings its own benefits of resilience and wisdom. Learn more or buy on Amazon.

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TapTyping - typing trainer

TapTyping - typing trainer is a touch-screen typing skills program that can help anyone type faster on devices like the iPad. It is also helpful for kids who have a writing disability and need to practice learning the keyboard.

Solutions to Learning Challenges