Gene Therapy Allows an 11-Year-Old Boy to Hear for the First Time

The genetic treatment targeted a particular kind of congenital deafness and will soon be tried in children who are younger. By Gina Kolata for the NY Times Aissam Dam, an 11-year-old boy, grew up in a world of profound silence. He was born deaf and had never heard anything. While living in a poor community in Morocco, he expressed himself…

Study: To Ask Better Questions, Teach: Learning-by-Teaching

By Sarah Shi Hui Wong, Kagen Y. L. Lim, and Stephen Wee Hun Lim Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore Asking good questions is vital for scientific learning and discovery, but improving this complex skill isa formidable challenge. Here, we show in two experiments (N = 152) that teaching others—learning-by-teaching—enhances one’s ability to generate higher-order research questions that create…

Landmark study shows that ‘transcendent’ thinking may grow teens’ brains over time

CANDLE scientists find that adolescents who grapple with the bigger meaning of social situations experience greater brain growth, which predicts stronger identity development and life satisfaction years later. By USC Rossier Scientists at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education (CANDLE), have shown for the first time that a type…

These are the world’s happiest countries in 2024

By Marnie Hunter, CNN 1. Finland2. Denmark3. Iceland4. Sweden5. Israel6. Netherlands7. Norway8. Luxembourg9. Switzerland10. Australia “The survey asks each participant to score their life as a whole, considering what they value, said John Helliwell, emeritus professor of economics at the Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, and a founding editor of the World Happiness Report.“And you find out Finland’s…

Scientists Thought Only Humans Learn Complex Behaviors from Others. They Were Wrong

By Rache Nuwer for Scientific American New studies in bees and chimps challenge the long-held assumption that only humans can learn from innovative peersThe movie 2001: A Space Odyssey famously opens with an ancient apelike human ancestor suddenly realizing that he could use large bones as weapons. Others in his group who see him quickly adopt the novel skill, leading…

Research: There is clear and consistent evidence that writing instruction has some of the largest impacts on reading comprehension and in education more broadly.

Writing to Read: Parallel and Independent Contributions of Writing Research to the Science of Reading by Adrea J. Truckenmiller and Brennan W. Chandler When considering instructional activities to support students’ reading development, writing instruction might not be the first thing that comes to educators’ minds. In a practical sense, there are few structural facilitators of writing instruction compared to the…