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Friday, October 20


Keynote: Technology and the Reading Brain: How Production and Consumption of Digital Content Impact How We Read
The origins of reading are shrouded in mystery, but the principles of how the brain learns to read have important lessons for society as we transition to a digital culture. This presentation will describe the reading brain and its development across the lifespan. Dr. Wolf will emphasize the extraordinary characteristics of what is called deep reading - particularly empathy and perspective taking and their importance for a humane society. In addition, she will use the principles of the reading brain to describe a more comprehensive conceptualization of dyslexia and its intervention. Finally, Dr. Wolf’s presentation will underscore how the use of technology is changing how we read, what we read, and why we read. She will discuss the profound implications of these changes for both the next generation and ourselves.

Participants will be able to: use new research on the reading brain to explain how reading develops and how it is best taught; synthesize new research on reading prediction to provide individualized intervention for children with various forms of dyslexia; and describe the different impacts of digital and print mediums on the attention, memory, and inferential processes of children while reading.

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Maryanne Wolf, PhD

Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research, and Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she began her work in cognitive neuroscience and developmental psycholinguistics on the reading brain... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB
Saturday, October 21


Keynote: Smartphones, Smart Kids: Activating Attention in the Digital Age
Why do kids pay rapt attention to their smartphones, but not their homework? Why do teens readily initiate Snapchats but not projects? Smartphones capture involuntary attention, while independent schoolwork requires voluntary attention. In this talk, Dr. Palladino will explain how involuntary attention activates “bottom-up” brain pathways that originate in the sensory cortex, while voluntary attention creates and strengthens “top-down” brain pathways from the prefrontal cortex. She will emphasize screen time risk factors for children with various attention challenges and the developmental tasks in executive functioning that children face at specific ages. Dr. Palladino will discuss how voluntary attention builds executive functions, which include decision-making, emotional self-regulation, prioritization, time management, and attention control, and how voluntary attention results in desirable brain development. Participants will learn to recognize and strategize the “hard-to-stop” nature of involuntary attention and the “hard-to-start” nature of voluntary attention. Dr. Palladino will also include a review of evidence-based techniques to guide kids to build awareness, make good choices, and learn to monitor, limit, and balance their own use of technology.

Participants will be able to: describe the two major systems of neural pathways responsible for voluntary and involuntary attention; explain the impact of screen time on these respective systems as children's brains mature; and devise strategies to improve students' ability to focus, based on this knowledge.

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Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD

Lucy Jo Palladino is a psychologist with over 35 years of experience, specifically in the area of attention. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University, her master’s and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University, and she completed an internship in clinical psychology at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She served as a clinical faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School and was awarded a National Institute of Health research grant, for which she served as principal investigator. Dr... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom Salons AB