Learning Disabilities Sourcebook by Sandra J. Judd

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Uk). Copyright 2009. The first comprehensive effort to pinpoint the genetic causes of learning disability has narrowed down the genes involved from a potential list of thousands to several dozen key genes. The study by scientists at Oxford University and Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in The Netherlands could lead to diagnostic testing and genetic counseling being offered as an option to people with learning difficulties and their families. The seventy-eight genes identified by the research are involved in the nervous system.

A student may have problems with executive function when he or she has trouble: s PLANNINGPROJECTS s COMPREHENDINGHOWMUCHTIMEAPROJECTWILLTAKETOCOMPLETE s TELLINGSTORIESVERBALLYORINWRITING STRUGGLINGTOCOMMUNICATE DETAILSINANORGANIZED SEQUENTIALMANNER s MEMORIZINGANDRETRIEVINGINFORMATIONFROMMEMORY s INITIATINGACTIVITIESORTASKS ORGENERATINGIDEASINDEPENDENTLY s RETAININGINFORMATIONWHILEDOINGSOMETHINGWITHIT FOREXAMple, remembering a phone number while dialing.

Surprisingly, when players were observing their competitor make selections, the players’ brains were activated as if they were performing these actions themselves. Such “mirror neuron” activities occur when we observe the actions of other humans but here the players knew their opponent was just a computer and no animated graphics were used. Previously, it has been suggested that the mirror neuron system supports a type of unconscious mind reading that helps us, for example, judge others’ intentions.

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