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Neuroscience and Education
This is a really rapidly growing and exciting development for education. The booklet , ‘Neuroscience: implications for education and lifelong learning’ published by the Royal Society is a very important contribution. It is well worth a thorough study.
Barbara Sahakian, from the University of Cambridge, has an incredible CV and is a world leader in the field of cognitive neuroscience and deals with types of illness as well as education.
I am sure that this section of the website will grow as more material becomes available, but this is a good introduction. It occurred to me that much of what has been researched demonstrates a physiological base for the theories of the psychologists. For example Carol Dweck, ‘Mindset’, has demonstrated by experiments and trials with children and adults how persistence and resilience and the willingness to embrace failure as a learning opportunity develops the brain. Sahakian et al have captured images showing the before and after of parts of the brain which have made more connections and show more activity as a result of learning. Something that Dweck has referred to throughout her later research.