6_Bio_Brain_Dev - BRAIN Lecture Summary Willis, J. (2007)....

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Unformatted text preview: BRAIN Lecture Summary Willis, J. (2007). The Neuroscience of Joyful Education, Educational Leadership, 64. http://www.ascd.org The brain is elastic Teachers shape the brain Joyful Education (Willis, 2007) 1 st graders; stress - amygdala/RAS Disrupted flow of info/memory make learning joyful! www.changingbrains.com Structure of a neuron Brain growth through stages of CD Brain regions/architecture Child Physical & Perceptual Development Agenda Early perceptual abilities Physical development Motor skills, Resting & Eating Cultural & individual differences Disabilities Newborn 4 weeks 8 weeks 3 months 6 months http://www.opt.indiana.edu/people/faculty/candy/index.html Infant visual development Perceptual abilities - Vision Least mature of all the senses Neural complexity; no prenatal exposure Retina still immature at birth, muscles of the lens weak 3 months: infant can focus as well as an adult 6 months: adult level visual acuity "20/20 vision" Perceptual abilities - Hearing Prenatal hearing (learning?) "Cat in the Hat study" Hearing of newborns is excellent Newborns demonstrate preference for Mother's voice and native language 2 months: listen longer to human speech vs. structurally similar non-speech sounds Sensations: forging new neural pathways 6-8 months: filter out sounds that are unimportant in native language Perceptual abilities: Intermodal 1 month: Anxiety if sees mother but voice comes from another place 2-3 months: no longer imitates parental gestures...
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6_Bio_Brain_Dev - BRAIN Lecture Summary Willis, J. (2007)....

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