UT researchers examine how young brains work

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Researchers at the University of Tennessee are looking at how children learn, giving clues to brain development. Aaron Buss, PhD leads a new five-year study backed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which is part the National Institutes of Health.

The study will look in detail at how language develops as young children learn to label objects. They want to know how this affects the ability to learn and solve problems in later years. "And so by understanding how simple learning processes like associating a word with an object can change patterns of brain activation and connectivity later on in development that is associated with changes in how they think, learn and perform in school," said Buss.

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