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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Study Finds That Cats Demonstrate Attachment Behaviors Toward Their Owners Similar to Children's Attachment to Their Mothers

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CINCINNATI, Feb. 26, 2014 Cats are often perceived as aloof and uninterested in human touch. A study by Claudia Edwards and colleagues in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that behavior in cats toward their owners is similar to the behavior of young children toward their mothers. Consistent with Attachment Theory first developed in the 1950s, Edwards' study found that when cats were in the company of their owners, they tended to be more relaxed and engaged in normal cat behaviors—exploring, wandering, and playing. But when the cats were in the company of a stranger, they spent more time waiting by the door and vocalizing less. The study suggests that our cultural perceptions of cats may be flawed. Of course, cat lovers already know this.
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Brain Research Foundation Announces 2014 Scientific Innovations Awards (SIA) To Fund Groundbreaking Work In Parkinson's, Epilepsy, Hurler Syndrome And Autism

Producing important findings in a short timeframe is the goal of this special grant programCHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2014.Brain Research Foundation (BRF) announced three recipients of its 2014 Scientific Innovations Award program (SIAs) for researchers investigating novel pathways to detect, treat and better comprehend serious neural diseases such as Parkinson's and schizophrenia. "The innovation that these researchers bring to addressing the scientific understanding and potential treatment of devastating diseases is inspiring," stated Terre A. Constantine, Ph.D., and Executive Director of the Brain Research Foundation. "If this research proves these approaches successful, many areas of neuroscience will benefit." The SIAs support innovative discovery in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investiga…