Research News

Neuroscience: Giving Language Skills a Boost

Science  05 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5245, pp. 27-28
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5245.27


Children who are severely impaired in oral language, it seems, are unable to recognize the very short duration sounds of speech. Based on that idea, researchers have now developed a training program that uses computer games to improve the children's ability to understand and respond to spoken language. (The results are also described in Reports on pp. 77 and 81.) The researchers suggest that similar training may improve the children's reading skills, and perhaps those of the larger population of children who have dyslexia, although that idea is controversial.