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Training is effective for improving spatial skills, Northwestern researchers found through the first comprehensive analysis of credible studies on such interventions.

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Hearing Human Speech Promotes Babies' Learning in Many Ways

Hearing Human Speech Promotes Babies' Learning in Many Ways

A new study by Northwestern professor Sandra Waxman reveals that listening to human speech has consequences for infants that go beyond learning words.

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Heavier Newborns Show Academic Edge in School

Heavier Newborns Show Academic Edge in School

Birth weight makes a difference to a child’s future academic performance, according to new research that found heavier newborns do better in elementary and middle school than infants with lower birth weights. Led by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy, the study raises an intriguing question: Does a fetus benefit from a longer stay in the mother’s womb?

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FiveThirtyEight Reports Jon Guryan's New Research on Summer Reading

FiveThirtyEight Reports Jon Guryan's New Research on Summer Reading

Associated professor Jonathan Guryan conducted a randomized experiment of a summer reading program with second and third graders. It found that sustained, focused reading — the kind which girls did more often — accelerated reading skills more than the number of books read.

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German Scholars Collaborate on Human Development Research with Claudia Haase

German Scholars Collaborate on Human Development Research with Claudia Haase

The questions of how nature and nurture interact and how to promote new learning among older adults spark wide interest. Assistant professor Claudia M. Haase is exploring both these questions through international research, working with two scholars from Germany, Nina Alexander of the University of Dresden and Martina Reitmeier of Technical University Munich.

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Doug Medin's New Study Explores Cultural Side of Science Communication

Doug Medin's New Study Explores Cultural Side of Science Communication

Professor Douglas Medin's new study explores the cultural side of science communication and how to present science information to diverse groups without polarization. Medin suggests communicating science in a culturally neutral way.

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New York Times: David Figlio's Study Shows Heavier Babies Do Better in School

<em>New York Times:</em> David Figlio's Study Shows Heavier Babies Do Better in School

The New York Times features a study by professors David Figlio and Jon Guryan showing that babies who were heavier at birth scored higher on math and reading tests from third to eighth grades. The study calls into question medical interventions that time births earlier for the convenience of the parents.

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