Welcome to the November 2019 Learning Brain News.

This month highlights two developments which combine technology with brain science in the quest to improve human performance. See “What’s New” to read about neuro-performance and how scientists can now manipulate brain cells with a smartphone.

You can also read why team sports are so beneficial for kids and why learning is best when students achieve an 85% success rate on learning tasks.

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Devon Barnes
Learning Brain News


Latest Research

soccer player doing kick with ball on football stadium  field  isolated on black backgroundHow Team Sports Change a Child's Brain

A new study could hold the key to learning languages, teaching children colours or even studying complex theories.

Here’s another reason for encouraging kids to play sport, especially team sports. New research from Washington University in USA has linked participation in team sports to less depression in boys ages 9 to 11. Read more.

Intelligent group of young school children all raising their hands in the air to answer a question posed by the female teacher, view from behind-1Learning is Optimised When We Fail 15% of the Time

Educators have long recognised there is a "sweet spot" when it comes to learning: when the learning task is not too hard so the student becomes discouraged, but not too easy so the task is boring.

Where does the sweet spot lie? According to new research, it’s when the student achieves an 85% rate of successful answers. Read more.

David-Bach-picture-2What's New?

Neuro-performance: Better Brains for Sport, Business and Learning

According to Dr David Bach, a Harvard-trained scientist, the rapidly developing “neuro-performance” industry will change what we understand about the limits of human performance in sport, business and learning. As a parent or teacher, why should you care about this? And what is neuro-performance anyway? Read more.

What's On?



An Update on Dyslexia Research and Brain-Based Remediation Webinar 

Earlier intervention for children at risk of reading problems, and strengthening the area of their brains that distributes sound will probably prevent a lot of reading failures.

These are some of the conclusions from the latest (2019) research into dyslexia, according to Dr Martha Burns when she presented Scientific Learning Corporation's 5th annual webinar on updates to dyslexia research to mark Dyslexia Awareness Month, in October. Watch the webinar here.


The Australian and New Zealand summer holidays are almost here! 

Choose from four unique learning programs for the upcoming holidays to help your children improve social skills, reading or their learning ability. Also prepare those starting school in 2020 to get off to a positive beginning.

Check out the programs below.

Special Bonus: Enrol in any of the school holiday programs and get a special bonus: free eBook Make Learning Maths Easier - Maths Success in 10 Minutes a Day

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TEDEdHow Memories Form and How we Lose Them

Think back to a really vivid memory. Got it? Now try to remember what you had for lunch three weeks ago. That second memory probably isn’t as strong - but why not? Why do we remember some things, and not others? Catharine Young gives the basics on memory and memory loss in this TedEd Animation.

The Learning Success Podcast

Anne-Marie OHaganHow Memories Form and How we Lose Them

How can family involvement help students struggling with their learning?

Anne-Marie O'Hagan, a former teacher and now tutor working with struggling students, shares her experience in an episode of The Learning Capacity Podcast.

She explains why it’s so important for teachers and tutors to engage families in their children’s learning.

Read more or listen to the Podcast here.

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How to Teach Kids about Money Management 

Around a fifth of 15-year-olds in Australia do not have basic financial literacy, according to a new financial literacy  report. It is never too early to learn about the importance of sound financial strategy. 

Follow these tips to make the process fun and informative.

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How to Support Social Development in Young Children

A child’s social skills are a compelling predictor of his/her future success both in and out of school. Like any developing skill, social skills require support, practice and repetition. Get the free download to help you promote social development in your children or students.

managing the cycle of meltdowns bookBook of the Month

Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder

This book outlines practical steps for preventing and responding to the various phases of meltdown behaviour in students with ASD.

Based on Geoff Colvin’s best-selling book, Managing the Cycle of Acting Out Behaviour in the Classroom, this practitioner-friendly guide provides special and general education teachers with his seven-phase positive behaviour support model that includes interventions for each phase. Learn more.

my study life appApp of the Month

My Study Life - School Planner

My Study Life is a day planner, a school calendar and it can send reminders to your mobile device whenever you have upcoming deadlines. The colourful interface gives you all the info you need regarding your day at a glance.

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