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Effect Of Gamma Waves On Cognitive And Language Skills In Children

April Benasich, Rutgers University

New studies conducted by April Benasich, professor of neuroscience at Rutgers University in Newark, and her colleagues reveal that gamma wave activity in the brains of children provide a window into their cognitive development, and could open the way for more effective intervention for those likely to experience language problems.
“Research into the adult brain has shown that gamma activity is the ‘glue’ that binds together perceptions, thoughts and memories,” notes Benasich. “Little research, however, has been conducted into the development of gamma activity in the infant brain and its possible connection to cognitive and language skills.”
Benasich and her research team are the first to look at “resting” gamma power in the frontal cortex, the “thinking” part of the brain, in children 16, 24 and 36 months old. In an article published online and in an upcoming issue of Behavioral Brain Research, Benasich offers significant new insight into the likely role gamma activity plays in supporting emerging cognitive and language abilities during the first 36 months of life.



Image: High gamma power shows up red and low appears yellow.