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More on the Importance of Gestures (11-20-15)

Goldin-Meadow’s work indicates the importance of being able to see the gestures of others; a strong argument for co-location.  Her studies have “shown that the gestures we produce when we talk are not merely random movements used for emphasis—instead, these gestures are reciprocally tied to our thoughts. . . [gestures are] bodily action[s] that represents information and thus [have] an indirect effect on the world. . .

White Noise and the Performance of Children with ADHD (11-16-15)

Allen and Pammer completed a detailed study of the link between hearing white noise and the ability of children with ADHD (7 to 14 years old) to pay attention.  They studied the performance of kids working “under two noise conditions: a classroom noise condition and a classroom noise + white noise condition. The white noise stimulus was sounds of rain, administered using an iPhone application called Sleep Machine. . . . White noise may improve task engagement for non-medicated children.


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