Learning to read as adult changes brain: Study

The adult brain, contrary to popular belief, is quite flexible, says a new study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands.

The research was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Bio-Medical Research, Lucknow, and the University of Hyderabad.

The researchers studied changes in the brain of 30 illiterate women from villages near Lucknow, aged between 18 and 30 years, after they received daily lessons in Hindi for six months. There were two control groups — 30 illiterate women given no training, and a group comprising literate women who had received no formal education.

All three groups were made to undergo a restingstate functional MRI, used to analyse the functional connectivity in the human brain, at the outset. The first group underwent the scan once again after the training........................Read more


Source: The Times of India

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