What’s Going On Inside the Brain of A Curious Child?

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Why do birds fly? Why do people sleep? Why? Why? I have a six year old grandson that never stops asking why and this is a good thing! I came across this article posted on Reading Rocket’s November newsletter and found the information quite interesting. So, I wanted to pass it along to you. The article¬†states¬†that teachers understand when students are curious, they are much more likely to stay engaged during classroom instruction. But why? I am so glad you asked! This recent study published in the journal Neuron explains how the brain’s chemistry changes when we (students) become curious, helping us (students) learn and retain information. “There’s this basic circuit in the brain that energizes people to go out and get things that are intrinsically rewarding,” Ranganath explains. “This circuit lights up when we get money, or candy.” “It also lights up when we’re curious.”

If you are one of those “enquiring minds need to know more,” here is the link to more information:

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/10/whats-going-on-inside-the-brain-of-a-curious-child/

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez

Virginia Gonzalez, State Dyslexia Consultant is housed at Region10 ESC. Virginia has been an educator in Texas for 22 years, and worked as an educational diagnostician, special education teacher and dyslexia therapist. Virginia's years of teaching experience also include working with English Language Learners (ELL). "Mi casa es su casa."

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