Welcome to the October 2015 edition of The Learning Brain.

Since I started publishing this newsletter back in 2013, there has been an explosion in the amount of information available about learning and the brain.This month you can read some of the latest about autism, how our brains get meaning from speech sounds, and neuroscience insights into becoming a better writer. Plus see some tips to help students motivate themselves, at the end of the newsletter.

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PS: The new Learning Capacity Magazine on Flipboard is a great way for you to easily keep up-to-date with what’s new.
PPS: Want to introduce your children to how their brains work? Check out the neuroscience website for kids in this issue.

Gene study may lead to more personalised treatments for autism

Scientists working to understand the genetics of autism open the way for potential new treatments. This is one of the conclusions from a DNA analysis of 1,866 families affected by autism.

The analysis identified 239 genes with the greatest likelihood of causing autism. This may prove helpful to doctors and geneticists using genetic screens to guide diagnosis and personalised treatment for autism. Read more.

The Learning Capacity Podcast

Is Educational Neuroscience for Real? Dr Martha Burns Explains

In this episode you’ll hear Dr Martha Burns, director of neuroscience education at Scientific Learning corporation discuss the emerging field of educational neuroscience.

Is this a specialist area of knowledge, or just a title for intellectual sounding conversation? Are we moving to a more scientific model of teaching? Can teachers combine the art and the science of teaching for better student outcomes?

Listen to this potentially controversial topic.

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The Brain that Changes Itself

Neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to change itself—is now a household term. If you haven’t read this bestselling book yet, it’s a must!

Download your FREE CHAPTER – “Redesigning the Brain: A scientist changes brains to sharpen perception and memory, increase speed of thought, and heal learning problems”.

Read about the ground-breaking work of Dr Michael Merzenich that led to the development of Fast ForWord. Get to know more about the science of learning and reading.

Book of the Month

The Reader’s Brain: How Neuroscience Can Make You a Better Writer

Have you ever found yourself re-reading the same sentence four or five times and thought “I should get more sleep”? Are you clueless as to why one paragraph just seems to “flow” while you simply can’t recall the contents of another? Guess what: you are not alone.

The Reader’s Brain is the first science-based guide to writing, employing research on how our brains process written language. It will help improve writing for you or your students – to ensure it can be read quickly, assimilated easily, and recalled precisely.

What’s On?

Dyslexia Empowerment Week

Dyslexia Empowerment week – increasing the community’s awareness and understanding of dyslexia. See how your local school and/or community can get involved.