DYSLEXIC ADVANTAGE. This non-profit's July newsletter is out, and it includes lots of features: an article on "Finding Dory" and how Dory's parents treat their "different" child; a profile of a dyslexic photographer; an article on Roald Dahl and his dyslexia; and much more. Find the newsletter.
- Brain map. A new map by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis lays out a very detailed landscape of the cerebral cortex – the outermost layer of the brain and the dominant structure involved in sensory perception and attention, as well as distinctly human functions such as language, tool use and abstract thinking. Find a press release/study write-up; find an article in The Washington Post.
- Intelligence. Human intelligence is being defined and measured for the first time ever. It turns out that the more variable a brain is, and the more its different parts frequently connect with each other, the higher a person's IQ and creativity are. Find the study write-up.
- Academic achievement. Scientists have used a new genetic scoring technique to predict academic achievement from DNA alone. This is the strongest prediction from DNA of a behavioral measure to date. Find the study write-up. (Don't get too excited, however -- the researchers were able to explain only 10 percent of differences in achievement, leaving 90 percent to other variables.)