This morning I got the chance to be part of The Breakfasters with Alicia Sometimes on 3RRR FM in Melbourne, Australia. I spoke about two studies by Dr Karin James, that looked at how children learn letters and evidence of brain changes after different types of learning. Dr James is the director of The Cognition and Action Neuroimaging Laboratory. Please check out her website for updates on findings in this area.
These are the two studies in particular that I spoke about on the radio this morning.
James, K.H. (2010). Sensori-motor experience leads to changes in visual processing in the developing brain. Developmental Science,13 (2), 279-288. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00883.x (PDF)
James, K.H. & Engelhardt, L. (2012). The effects of handwriting experience on functional brain development in per-literate children. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 1, 32-42. doi:10.1016/j.tine.2012.08.001 (PDF)