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Paris, 28 November 2013

Brain shape affects children's learning capacities

The anatomy of the brain affects cognitive control, an essential skill for learning and academic success. This is the result of studies performed by the Laboratoire de Psychologie du Développement et de l'Education de l'Enfant (CNRS/Université Paris Descartes/Université de Caen Basse-Normandie), in collaboration with the NeuroSpin Center (CEA). The scientists showed that an asymmetry of the two brain hemispheres relative to a particular pattern of a cortical region could partly explain the performance of 5-year old children during a task designed to measure cognitive control. According to the research team, and depending on the characteristics of their brains, children may have different pedagogical requirements in terms of learning cognitive control. This work, published online in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience on 30 November 2013, opens new educational perspectives.

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References:

The Shape of the ACC Contributes to Cognitive Control Efficiency in Preschoolers
Arnaud Cachia, Grégoire Borst, Julie Vidal, Clara Fischer, Arlette Pineau, Jean-François Mangin, and Olivier Houdé
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, publication online on 30 November 2013

Contact information:

Scientists l Arnaud Cachia l arnaud.cachia@parisdescartes.fr
Grégoire Borst | T 01 40 46 29 95 | gregoire.borst@parisdescartes.fr
CNRS press officer l Muriel Ilous l T +33 1 44 96 43 09 l muriel.ilous@cnrs-dir.fr


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