Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day! (and a good time to test your child's cognitive skills!)

Puzzles are great toys for kids not only because they’re usually very affordable, but also because they help strengthen important brain skills, like attention, visual processing, planning and spatial reasoning....more

Brain training can rewire the brain's EARLY visual processing

If you think that brain training can only help the brain's higher-order processing (conscious visual processing or changes in visual attention), the results of a new study may cause you to rethink plasticity....more

Same neural code in brain aids in visual and auditory processing

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/160550.php   Scientists can now show that the same neural code in the brain allows people to distinguish b/n different types of sound and different types of images. fMRIs showed that the brain encodes sounds and images using the same strategy, making it easier for people to combine the two that belong to the same image. The example they use is the sound and sight of a basketball dribbling, but I'm thinking about it in terms of reading - letters being visually processed while the sound of the letter(s) is being played.   ...more
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