How to Build a Better Learner
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.