PSY410 (Week 5 Summary)

PSY410 (Week 5 Summary) - smart man had such problems with...

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My individual paper this week was on developmental learning disorders (DLD), specifically reading disorders. The case study that I chose was Albert Einstein. Apparently, Einstein exhibited a delay in speech when he was very young. Of course, his later achievements would pale in comparison to this slight developmental problem, but it is important to note. When Einstein was a small child he would repeat every sentence that he was going to say to himself several times before actually saying it to someone else. In this way, Einstein was able to mediate the problems associated with his learning problems. The basic conclusion of my paper was that Einstein utilized the phonological loop mechanism of working memory to facilitate rote memorization of every sentence he would ever say. He was a genius, so it is not such a stretch, but it is interesting that such a
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Unformatted text preview: smart man had such problems with language. After his death his brain was dissected and scientists found several neurological anomalies. The basic conclusion of the dissection was that the dominant hemisphere was underdeveloped and therefore the non-dominant hemisphere had to pick up the slack. The dominant hemisphere is where language is usually centralized and the non-dominant hemisphere is where creativity and abstract thought take place. Since Einstein had an underdeveloped dominant hemisphere he had problems with language early on, but because of this anomaly his non-dominant hemisphere was over-developed—allowing him to conceptualize, among other things, the relationship between matter and energy (E=mc2)....
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