The Educated Brain: Essays in Neuroeducation

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The emerging field of neuroeducation, concerned with the interaction between mind, brain, and education, has proved revolutionary in educational research, introducing concepts, methods, and technologies into many advanced institutions around the world. The Educated Brain presents a broad overview of the major topics in this new discipline: part I examines the historical and epistemological issues related to the mind/brain problem and the scope of neuroeducation; part II provides a view of basic brain research in education and use of imaging techniques, and the study of brain and cognitive development; and part III is dedicated to the neural foundations of language and reading in different cultures, and the acquisition of basic mathematical concepts. With contributions from leading researchers in the field, this book features the most recent and advanced research in cognitive neurosciences.

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"...this book serves the important function of launching a new interdisciplinary field that had been slipping through the neuroscience and education nettings. It certainly makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how brain function affects education, from the lab to the classroom..."
--Diego A. Golombek, Department of Science and Technology, National University of Quilmes, The American Journal of Psychology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521181891
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio M. Battro is a member of the National Academy of Education, Argentina, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Kurt W. Fischer is Charles Warland Bigelow Professor of Education and Human Development, and Director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.

Pierre J. Léna is Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics at the Université Paris VII and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Table of Contents

List of figures     xi
List of tables     xiii
List of contributors     xv
Preface     xvii
Foreword: Towards a new pedagogical and didactic approach   Rita Levi-Montalcini     xxi
The mind, brain, and education triad     1
Introduction: Mind, brain, and education in theory and practice   Antonio M. Battro   Kurt W. Fischer   Pierre J. Lena     3
Historical considerations on brain and self   Fernando Vidal     20
Building bridges in neuroeducation   John T. Bruer     43
Mind, brain, and consciousness   Jurgen Mittelstrass     59
Understanding mind, brain, and education as a complex, dynamic developing system: Measurement, modeling, and research   Paul van Geert   Henderien Steenbeek     71
Brain development, cognition, and education     95
Epigenesis and brain plasticity in education   Wolf Singer     97
Chronoeducation: How the biological clock influences the learning process   Daniel P. Cardinali     110
Dynamic cycles of cognitive and brain development: Measuring growth in mind, brain, and education   Kurt W. Fischer     127
Brain mechanisms and learning of high level skills   Michel I. Posner   Mary K. Rothbart   M. Rosario Rueda     151
Developing the brain: A functional imaging approach to learning and educational sciences   Hideaki Koizumi     166
Brain, language, and mathematics     181
A triptych of the reading brain: Evolution, development, pathology, and its intervention   Maryanne Wolf     183
Reading and the brain: A cross-language approach   Usha Goswami     198
Cortical images of early language and phonetic development using near infrared spectroscopy   Laura-Ann Petitto     213
Cerebral constraints in reading and arithmetic: Education as a "neuronal recycling" process   Stanislas Dehaene     232
Index     248

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