This is a study that is both interesting and a bit… well, scary and/or making me skeptic: by measuring brainwaves, it is possible to predict what a child’s reading level will be years in advance, according to research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. The longitudinal study on 75 children did try to measure a lot. Why am I skeptic? Well, it’s rather correlational than clear causal. But also the prediction is one thing, but what can we do with the prediction? The researchers state that it could help to detect pupils who need extra help early, but again: isn’t that assuming that we can alter something? There is also the question how absolute the prediction is and if this is the cheapest solution in the long run. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not my goal to undermine this study, but just some thoughts.
From the press release:
Binghamton University researchers…
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