DELCARATIVE MEMORY is the antidote -- or maybe the ameliorator -- for five disorders -- ASD, OCD, Tourette's, dyslexia,and specific language impairment. This according to research from the Georgetown University Medical Center. Such memory, according to the researchers, is flexible and used both consciously and unconsciously to compensate for disorders. Find out more.
OCD PRIMER. The site of ADDitude has a three-page primer on obsessive-compulsive disorder, including what it is, treatment, its relation to ADHD, and the differences between the two. Find the primer.
ATTENTIONAL PLASTICITY. You've got it -- and, just as importantly, so might your attention-challenged child. Researchers have used real-time brain feedback to prevent attention from wandering during tasks requiring focus. According to MedicalDaily.com, "The authors also hope that further research on the subject could in the future assist in treating attention disorders like ADD or ADHD." Read more. Separately, other researchers have determined that "time-based interventions can be an effective mechanism to increase self-control." The essence, evidently: teaching subjects that waiting can possibly lead to greater rewards. Read more.
AND FINALLY, THIS. Maybe you haven't been paying attention to which baby names are currently popular, perhaps making your own choices years ago. But an article at the Washington Post, in the column "Speaking of Science," sheds some insight into the dynamics of choosing a name when you're part of a "network" such as society. Read more.
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