In order to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, children must develop language skills within their home reading environment. This environment is often influenced by the reading ability of a child’s caregivers. In this Share Your Research talk, Dr. Paige Greenwood describes her doctoral research on the association between maternal reading ability and the development of the language brain network in children. Her work showed that lower maternal reading fluency is associated with higher language network connectivity to brain regions involved in cognitive control and semantics in children. These data suggest that if there is lower frequency or quality of engagement in the home reading environment, children’s brains may overcompensate to meet their language development needs.
Dr. Paige Greenwood received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Greenwood is now a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her research interests are in investigating the impact of environmental disadvantage on reading development using neuroimaging modalities. In addition to her research, she is a… Continue Reading