Talking to children while reading a book activates their brain: Research

Talking to children while reading a book activates their brain: Research

Scientists have said that talking to children while they read can activate their brains better. He suggests that simply reading a book aloud may not be enough to improve the cognitive development of a child of about four years of age. 'Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) found the brains of four-year-olds to be more active than those who interacted during storytelling. This study was done at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the US. It lays emphasis on interaction as well as learning where children are encouraged to participate actively. "It may increase brain activity or accelerate the development of literacy skills, especially in the pre-school age of children," said John Hutton, a pediatrician at the hospital. I conclude parents that should keep talking to their children while they are reading, asking questions, asking them to turn the pages, and talking amongst themselves.

Hutton was the head of this study team. The study was published in PLOS One. Functional MRI was performed on 22 girls aged four years in the study. Hooton said the results of the study showed the importance of communication between children and parents when they read books.

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