SILC Press for 2012

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♦ Clifford, Stephanie (December 3, 2012). More Dads Buy the Toys, So Barbie, and Stores, Get Makeovers. Susan Levine (Co-PI) and SILC-funded research is mentioned in this article. Retrieved April 1, 2013.   Open .pdf document

♦ Fischer, Kim (July 31, 2012). Spatial skills may be improved through training, new review finds. Retrieved January 17, 2013.   Open .pdf document

♦ SILC's research helped inform Providence Children's Museum's new exhibit: ThinkSpace. See their blog about the exhibit: http://providencechildrensmuseum.blogspot.com/search/label/ThinkSpace. Retrieved December 6, 2012. Our PI, Nora Newcombe, and our SILC website are referenced at the bottom of one of their blog articles here. Retrieved December 17, 2012.Open .pdf document

♦ Fischer, Kim (November 8, 2012). Spatial cognition researchers will connect through grant-funded virtual institute. SILC receives a Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) grant from the National Science Foundation to create the Thematic Network in Spatial Cognition. Retrieved November 13, 2012.   Open .pdf document

♦ Paul, A. M. (October 24, 2012). Why Parenting Is More Important Than Schools. Time Magazine (on-line). The article cites SILC Faculty Member and Co-PI Susan Levine's work on the importance of counting at home. Retrieved October 25, 2012.   Open .pdf document

♦ Shellenbarger, Sue (August 29, 2012). Teaching Kids to Love Math: A worksheet for Math-phobic parents. Wall Street Journal on-line. Retrieved September 19, 2012. SILC co-PI, Susan C. Levine, is mentioned in the article: [Author] Sue Shellenbarger shared that she received a great response to the column and Susan Levine [mentioned in Paragrah 4] followed up with some other resources for parents interested in promoting mathematics learning among their preschoolers (quoted from William Harms, University of Chicago).  Open .pdf document  Sue Shellenbarger's follow-up to her article: (September 25, 2012) Sue Shellenbarger answers readers' questions. Retrieved September 26, 2012:   Open .pdf document   SILC Co-PIs, Susan Levine and Susan Goldin-Meadow, have been working on an update of the early childhood Everyday Mathematics curriculum, which is mentioned in a feature article on the University of Chicago website: Harms, William (March 3, 2012). Solving the puzzle of early learning. Retrieved September 26, 2012:   Open .pdf document

♦ Dreyfuss, Ira (2012). Audio clip: Space by the numbers. HHS HealthBeat. Our SILC Member, Elizabeth Gunderson is quoted in this clip. Retrieved September 26, 2012. Transcription of audio clip:   Open .pdf document

♦ Prossnitz, Lindsay (July 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm CST). Here is the webpage that includes the video clip from WTTW's Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin: Mosquitoes, Spatial Learning, Lefties, Higgs Boson Particle. Both Susan Levine (Co-PI) and Elizabeth Gunderson (SILC Postdoc) highlight SILC research pertaining to spatial relationships and the understanding of numbers. Retrieved September 26, 2012. PDF of the webpage: Open .pdf document

♦ Tricoles, Robin (June 18, 2012). The Benefits of Spatial Thinking. Our PI, Nora S. Newcombe, was interviewed for FABBS (Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences) Foundation's Foundation Science Communications program. Retrieved August 9, 2012. Open .pdf document

♦ White, Mercedes (July 18, 2012). Fractions, spatial skills key for success in math, Deseret News. This article mentions research by our SILC Members, specifically Nora S. Newcombe (PI) [Picture This: Increasing Math and Science Learning by Improving Spatial Thinking ] and Shannon M. Pruden, Susan C. Levine (Co-PI), Janellen Huttenlocher [DOI: Children’s spatial thinking: Does talk about the spatial world matter?]. Retrieved July 23, 2012: Open .pdf document

Gunderson, E. A., Ramirez, G., Beilock, S. L., & Levine, S. C. (Co-PI) (2012, March). The Relation Between Spatial Skill and Early Number Knowledge: The Role of the Linear Number Line. Developmental Psychology. Retrieved June 18, 2012:

  1. Learning about spatial relationships boosts understanding of numbers (UChicagoNews)   Open .pdf document
  2. Study: Early Spatial Learning Promotes Math Competency (Education Week)   Open .pdf document
  3. Spatial skills hone kids’ number sense (Futurity.org)   Open .pdf document
  4. Early learning about spatial relationships boosts understanding of numbers (Labnet International, Inc)   Open .pdf document
  5. Learning about spatial relationships boosts understanding of numbers (ScienceBlog)   Open .pdf document
  6. News From the Field: Learning About Spatial Relationships Boosts Understanding of Numbers (National Science Foundation)   Open .pdf document
  7. Learning about spatial relationships boosts understanding of numbers (The Hand)   Open .pdf document
  8. Toddler Spatial Knowledge Boosts Understanding of Numbers (ScienceDaily)   Open .pdf document
  9. Early learning about spatial relationships boosts understanding of numbers (Science Codex)   Open .pdf document
  10. Early learning about spatial relationships boosts understanding of numbers (Medical Xpress)   Open .pdf document
  11. Early Learning About Spatial Relationships Boosts Understanding of Numbers (The Cutting Edge News)   Open .pdf document
  12. Early learning about spatial relationships boosts understanding of numbers (Clifton821 Blog)   Open .pdf document

Retrieved July 12, 2012:

  1. Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin: Mosquitoes, Spatial Learning, Lefties, Higgs Boson Particle (WTTW Chicago Tonight: Scientific Chicago)   Open .pdf document

♦ Our SILC Faculty Member, Terry Regier has been exploring work on kinship, which draws on and develops the same general principles as his work on space and his earlier work on color.
Retrieved June 14, 2012:

♦ Marlene Cimons (May 17, 2012). Science of Spatial Learning: Center seeks to transform teaching practices. U.S. News and World Report: Science. Retrieved May 17, 2012. Open .pdf document  This article is about our NSF-funded Science of Learning Center, The Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC).

♦ Two of our SILC Faculty Members, Kenneth D. Forbus and Dedre Gentner (Co-PI), received Laudations awarded by Helmut Schwarz, president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. A short write-up on Forbus' award is available on the Northwestern University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, website: Forbus lauded at 40th Symposium for Research Award Winners. Retrieved May 14, 2012.   Open .pdf document  

Photo Credit: Humboldt-Stiftung/ Fotostudio Albrecht G. W. Barthel, Bamberg. Photo credit: Humboldt-Stiftung/ Fotostudio Albrecht G. W. Barthel, Bamberg.
Photo credits: Humboldt-Stiftung/ Fotostudio Albrecht G. W. Barthel, Bamberg. 

♦ Harms, W. (April 5, 2012). Press Release (University of Chicago): Deaf children’s gesture mismatches provide clues to learning moments. Authors: Susan Goldin-Meadow (Co-PI), Aaron Shield, Daniel Lenzen (University of Chicago) and Melissa Herzig, Carol Padden (University of California, San Diego). Retrieved April 11, 2012. Permanent Link: Open .pdf document  More press coverage below:

  1. Two ideas: one in gesture and the other in sign (Deaf News Today)   Open .pdf document
  2. Deaf kids learn with gesture-sign misses (Futurity.org)   Open .pdf document
  3. Deaf kids learn with gesture-sign misses (Holy Kaw!)   Open .pdf document
  4. Deaf children’s gesture mismatches provide clues to learning moments (HealthCanal.com)   Open .pdf document
  5. Deaf children's gesture mismatches provide clues to learning moments (Science Codex)   Open .pdf document
  6. Deaf children's gesture mismatches provide clues to learning moments (iapetus lounger)   Open .pdf document
  7. Deaf Children's Gesture Mismatches Are Clues to Their Learning (News Blaze)   Open .pdf document
  8. Deaf children’s gesture mismatches provide clues to learning moments (SciGuru Science News)   Open .pdf document

♦ Villarica, H. (April 6, 2012). Professional Help: 5 Ways to Turn Your Preschooler into a Math Wiz. The Atlantic. Tips on how parents can help their preschoolers excel at mathematics from Susan Levine (Co-PI) and Graduate Student Elizabeth Gunderson, University of Chicago. Retrieved April 10, 2012. The link to the article is also listed under the press garnered for Early puzzle play: A predictor of preschoolers' spatial transformation skill. Permanent Link: Open .pdf document

♦ SILC will be well represented at the upcoming CSS Conference in Sapporo, Japan, from 8/1 to 8/4 (Posted April 5, 2012):

  1. Daniele Nardi, a former SILC postdoc now at La Sapienza in Rome has organized a symposium entitled "How Vertical Spaces Are Perceived and Represented". Other presenters are Steve Weisberg, a SILC graduate student from Temple, Frank Durgin from Swarthmore and Kate Jeffery from UCL.
  2. Another graduate student from Temple, Ilyse Resnick, will be presenting an oral paper on “Examining the Representation and Understanding of Large Magnitudes Using the Hierarchical Alignment Model of Analogical Reasoning”.
  3. From Northwestern University, Dedre Gentner and Stella Christie are part of a symposium on analogy where SILC work will be presented. Andrew Lovett is speaking about his Geometric Analogy model; the new model now accounts for over 90% of the variance in the behavioral data! And Ken Forbus will present at an intuitive physics symposium.
  4. Chris Young, a SILC postdoc from the University of Chicago is presenting a poster on “Development of Graphical Understanding”.
  5. Another SILC participant is Terry Regier from Berkeley, who has a paper accepted for oral presentation entitled “Grounding spatial language in non-linguistic cognition, co-authored with colleagues Michael Pacer and Alexandra Carstensen.

♦ Press coverage for SILC-generated research on: Early puzzle play: A predictor of preschoolers' spatial transformation skill by Susan C. Levine (Co-PI), Kristin R. Ratliff, Janellen Huttenlocher and Joanna Cannon. [DOI]. Retrieved March 14, 2012:

  1. Puzzle Play Improves Math Skills: First study to examine puzzle play in a naturalistic setting reveals surprising results about girls and boys (NSF Press Release) Also, here.   Open .pdf document
  2. Puzzle Play Improves Math Skills (Science Daily.com)   Open .pdf document
  3. Puzzle Play Pays Off, Study Finds (promisingkids.org)   Open .pdf document
  4. Puzzle play supports children's early maths development (NurseryWorld-UK)   Open .pdf document
  5. Early puzzle play contributes to developing spatial skills (Contemporary Pediatrics)   Open .pdf document
  6. Puzzle Play Helps Boost Learning Math-Related Skills (Newswise-University of Chicago)   Open .pdf document
  7. Puzzle play improves math skills (eurekalert.org)   Open .pdf document

Retrieved March 27, 2012:

  1. Study: Puzzle Play May Help Develop Some Math Skills (Education Week)   Open .pdf document
  2. Simple preschool games improve later learning skills (examiner.com)   Open .pdf document
  3. Young Puzzle-Solvers May Be Tomorrow’s Engineers (DoctorsLounge)   Open .pdf document
  4. How To Nudge Your Children Towards A Career In Math Or Science -- HER Daily Dose (EmpowHer)   Open .pdf document
  5. Study shows playing with puzzles improves math skills (WRALtechwire)   Open .pdf document
  6. Young Puzzle-Solvers May Be Tomorrow's Engineers: Study found playing with puzzles at early age helps children develop spatial skills (HealthDay)   Open .pdf document
  7. Puzzles help children’s spatial awareness (parentscafe.co.uk)   Open .pdf document
  8. Puzzle play boosts math skills in kids (The Times of India)   Open .pdf document
  9. Puzzles Add to Children's Ability at Maths (Express.co.uk)   Open .pdf document
  10. Puzzle Play for Preschoolers Improves Learning Math-Related Skills (Uzima)   Open .pdf document
  11. Los puzles potencian las habilidades espaciales (doulatelde.wordpress.com)   Open .pdf document
  12. Puzzle Play Improves Math Skills (Kansas City infoZine)   Open .pdf document
  13. Puzzles fördern mathematische Fähigkeiten - Jungen schneiden bei Test besser ab als Mädchen (TeachersNews)   Open .pdf document
  14. Solving puzzles 'boosts maths skills of children' (in.com)   Open .pdf document
  15. First study to examine puzzle play in a naturalistic setting reveals surprising results about girls and boys (webnewswire.com)   Open .pdf document
  16. Math-Related Skills in Kids Likely to be Boosted by Early Puzzle Play (medindia.net)   Open .pdf document
  17. Los puzles potencian las habilidades espaciales (Fundación INTEGRAR)   Open .pdf document
  18. Jugar con puzzles (rompecabezas) mejora la capacidad de aprendizaje en niños de corta edad (Grupo EDUCATIVA)   Open .pdf document
  19. Puzzle play boosts math skills in kids (keralanext.com)   Open .pdf document
  20. Puzzles boost learning math-related skills (dalje.com)   Open .pdf document
  21. Puzzle play may help boost learning math-related skills (LabSpaces)   Open .pdf document
  22. Puzzle solving helps kids pick up math skills (the pioneer)   Open .pdf document
  23. Puzzle Play Improves Math Skills (ScienceBlog)   Open .pdf document
  24. Puzzle solving helps infants pick up math skills (IANSlive)   Open .pdf document
  25. Early puzzle play can help boost math-related skills in kids (AndhraNews.net)   Open .pdf document
  26. Playing with puzzles may help children better grasp STEM subjects (FunEducation)   Open .pdf document
  27. Puzzles Boost Math Related Skills (dailyRx)   Open .pdf document
  28. Early puzzle play can help boost math-related skills in kids (News Track India)   Open .pdf document
  29. Puzzles can enhance math skills; Get your kid more of them (Blive)   Open .pdf document
  30. First Study To Examine Puzzle Play In A Naturalistic Setting Reveals Surprising Results About Girls And Boys (Medical News Today)   Open .pdf document
  31. Puzzle play improves math skills (Science Codex)   Open .pdf document
  32. First Study To Examine Puzzle Play In A Naturalistic Setting Reveals Surprising Results About Girls And Boys (MediLexicon)   Open .pdf document
  33. Puzzles fördern mathematische Fähigkeiten (pressetext)   Open .pdf document
  34. Early puzzle play can help boost math-related skills in kids (Daily India)   Open .pdf document
  35. Puzzle solving helps infants pick up math skills (sentinelassam.com)   Open .pdf document
  36. Puzzles boost learning math-related skills (Outcome Magazine)   Open .pdf document
  37. Puzzles boost learning math-related skills (UPI.com)   Open .pdf document
  38. Puzzle Play Improves Math Skills (Science and Technology Blogspot)   Open .pdf document
  39. Puzzle play may help boost learning math-related skills (Innovations Report)   Open .pdf document
  40. Puzzle Play Improves Math Skills (HealthCanal.com)   Open .pdf document
  41. Solving Puzzles Improves Spatial Skills (Softpedia)   Open .pdf document
  42. Puzzle solving helps infants pick up math skills (Deccan Herald)   Open .pdf document
  43. Puzzle play may help boost learning math-related skills (MedicalXpress)   Open .pdf document
  44. Early puzzle play may sharpen spatial skills (Futurity)   Open .pdf document
  45. Puzzle Play Helps Boost Learning Math-Related Skills (Science Daily.com)   Open .pdf document

Retrieved April 10, 2012:

  1. Professional Help: 5 Ways to Turn Your Preschooler into a Math Wiz (The Atlantic)   Open .pdf document

Retrieved April 26, 2012:

  1. Puzzles improve spatial skills in children (The Conversation)   Open .pdf document

Retrieved July 26, 2012:

  1. Solving Puzzles Early On (audio and text available) (HHS HealthBeat)   Open .pdf document
  2. Dr. Susan Levine, University of Chicago – Puzzles and Cognitive Development (audio and text) (WAMC Northeast Public Radio)   Open .pdf document

Penn State flyer
♦ Two of our SILC Faculty Members, Nora S. Newcombe (PI) and Thomas F. Shipley, delivered lectures on February 10, 2012 at the Department of Geography at Pennsylvania State University. For more information click on the flyer to the left.
Permanent link here: Open .pdf document

 

♦ Megan Chiplock (Posting Date: January 25, 2012). Faculty Focus: Nora Newcombe. Retrieved January 26, 2012. [external link only. Also linked on our Talks & Interviews page].

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