Monday, December 18, 2017

Events, A Newsletter, and Lots of Research

EVENT: ATTITUDE. ADDitude's free webinar with Dr. William Dodson on December 19, titled "How ADHD Shapes Your Perceptions, Emotions, and Motivation," is full -- but a replay will be available the afternoon of the 19th. Find out more.

EVENT: SENG. The organization Supporting Emotional Needs of the gifted offers a webinar on December 21 titled "Isolated Identities: Perspectives of Gifted LGBTQ+ Teens and Young Adults." A fee applies. Find out more.

EVENT: WALLACE SYMPOSIUM. Belin-Blank has released more information about the spring Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development, which it holds in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University. The event website now has a speaker list; go there.

NEWSLETTER. The Davidson Institute's Educators Guild winter newsletter is out, featuring the topic of acceleration. The newsletter also points to professional development resources, general resources, and news items of interest to those who teach gifted students. Find the newsletter.

ON EDUCATION, in general. You might have heard of recent research about schools across the country that provided some surprising results -- such as Chicago students learning faster than most other districts. An article in The New York Times takes a look at that research, which examines learning growth and the socioeconomics of various districts. Read the article.

  • Depression -- the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation notes a study that may point to a new class of antidepressants based on tianeptine, which targets opioid receptors in the brain. Read more
  • ASD -- Science Daily says, "Scientists are examining the feasibility of treating autistic children with neuromodulation after a new study showed social impairments can be corrected by brain stimulation." Find the study write-up
  • ADHD -- MedicineNet reports on research indicating that ADHD has different effects in the brains of boys than girls. Read more
  • Dyslexia -- A new study has found that the brain responses of infants with an inherited risk for dyslexia predict their future reading speed in secondary school. Find the study write-up.
  • Working memory -- From NewsWise: "Mount Sinai researchers have found a positive relationship between the brain network associated with working memory—the ability to store and process information relevant to the task at hand—and healthy traits such as higher physical endurance and better cognitive function." Read more
  • The brain and disorders -- New findings will help to identify the genetic causes of brain disorders: researchers have presented a systematic catalog of specific variable locations in the genome that influence gene activity in the human hippocampus. Find more at Science Daily
AND FINALLY, THIS. Hold that kid. "The amount of physical contact between infants and their caregivers can affect children at the molecular level. The study of DNA methylation patterns showed that children who had been more distressed as infants and had received less physical contact had a molecular profile that was underdeveloped for their age. This is the first study to show in humans that the simple act of touching, early in life, has deeply-rooted and potentially lifelong consequences on genetic expression." From Science Daily.

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