Your brain on Big Bird: Sesame Street helps to reveal patterns of neural development

Using brain scans of children and adults watching Sesame Street, cognitive scientists are learning how children's brains change as they develop intellectual abilities like reading and math.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130103192348.htm

The fMRI scan on the left represents correlations in neural activity between children and adults, in the middle between children and other children, and on the right between adults and other adults. Such neural maps, says University of Rochester cognitive scientist Jessica Cantlon, reveal how the brain’s neural structure develops along predictable pathways as we mature. (Credit: Jessica Cantlon, University of Rochester)