NPR Ed’s Cory Turner speaks with neurobiologist Nina Kraus (Northwestern University) about a new test that predicts children’s literacy skills long before they are able to read. Dr. Kraus’ study, published in PLOS Biology, found that children who were able to follow the dialogue of a film despite multiple competing noises were less likely to find reading challenging later in life. While Turner notes that this testing process seems to label children based on “a crime that hasn’t happened yet,” Dr. Kraus proposes that this test will allow for earlier interventions, before reading becomes a challenge. Read the NPR article in full, and try your own hand at the test, here.
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