Accelerated learning in practice: brain-based methods for by Alistair Smith & Nicola Call, Kagan

By Alistair Smith & Nicola Call, Kagan

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In 66 per cent the left hemisphere is larger than the right. There are differences in functional specialisms and dominance between left and right hemispheres and also in the processing of information and completion of tasks. The complexity of function and the fact that the brain is plastic, highly interconnected, situational and iterative should not be forgotten when we consider relative lateralization. Summarized below are some of the recognised specializations. THE LEFT HEMISPHERE OF THE NEO-CORTEX LOGIC &ESTAIT PROCESSES INFORMATION CONVER0ENTIY, RATIONALLY PROCESSES INFORMATION DIVERGENTLY, HOLISTICALLY language: tooca's & Wernicke's areas likes words, symbols, letters perspective & dimension, depth & distance, perception likes forms & patterns, pictures, graphs, charts number £ judgement of quantity spatial manipulation sequence images & pictures, face recognition • line visualization & pictorial representation words of a song tune of a song, melodies, musical chords, environmental sounds • learning from the part to the wh learns whole first then parts • more chemicals (neurotransmitters) involved selective attention & concentration more chemicals (neurotransmitters) involved in arousal & inhibition of emotions dissociated information related information & relationships & connections in learning phonetic reading strategy whole language reading system prepositional thinking lateral & divergent thinking A recipe for accelerating learning is to use strategies which connect left with right.

It is believed that the left hemisphere remains predominant, that it processes information sequentially and the right randomly but that both hemispheres are integrated into all problem-solving. Movement is imperative in development and, some now argue, in learning. Like a puppeteer pulling strings, the brain sends signals that make the muscles contract and move the body. Two strips of grey matter across the top of the brain - the motor cortices - control the muscles on either side of the body. The motor cortex situated on the left hemisphere controls movement of the right side of the body, while the motor cortex on the right hemisphere controls movement of the left side of the body.

Such enriched environments produce a greater number of dendritic branches, and hence connections, between neurons. High challenge but low threat. Learning environments must be perceived to be 'safe'. The midbrain floods with electrochemical activity under conditions of perceived threat. Higher-order thinking functions and memory are inhibited by such conditions. Low self-esteem and lack of self-belief contribute to such a 'survival' response. Feedback. The brain thrives on immediacy of feedback, on diversity and on choice.

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