How the brain learns

How to Build a Better Learner
Gary Stix.
Scientific American, 305(2), 50-57. 2011

The article looks at neurological studies which show what happens in the brain when a subject learns and suggest ways that these findings could affect educational practices. A team led by April A. Benasich at the Infancy Studies Laboratory at Rutgers University looks at how the brains of young children perceive sound by monitoring how the electroencephalographic (EEG) trace responds to different frequencies. Stanislas Dehaene, a neuroscientist at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, looks at the ability of infants to recognize numbers and has developed a computer game which may enhance mathematical ability. These and other similar studies may help improve education for children with learning disabilities.

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One comment on “How the brain learns

  1. Bryan Marinelli says:

    This research in this piece pertains mainly to early childhood education. Overall, it does not appear to have major implications for our project. However, the last few pages do dispense with some long-standing myths about the brain. For example, the author states, “The notion that a pupil tends to learn better by favoring a particular form of sensory input – a “visual learner” as opposed to one who listens better – has not received much validation in actual studies.” This “finding” has major implications for teaching and learning, especially in the world of academic services, where learning styles are foundational to the design of individualized support programs and the provision of tutorial assistance.

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