The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children

by Torkel Klingberg


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199917105
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/02/2012
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 868,529
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.90(d)

About the Author

Torkel Klingberg, MD, PhD, is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Stockholm Brain Institute, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. His work on child development and brain training is at the international front line. Klingberg leads a major Swedish project on child development, lectures regularly at international conferences, is the recipient of several prizes, and a member of the Nobel Assembly. He is the author of The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory (OUP).

Table of Contents

1 Being unlucky when you think
- the importance of working memory
Remembering what to concentrate on
Why do students daydream?
The working memories of the Nynäshamn children
ADHD and children with low working memories

2 The growing brain
- how the brain develops and matures
The development of the brain
The brain matures
Genes and the brain
The white matter

3 Through the Pyrenees by motorbike
- the risk-taking teenage brain
Risks and rewards
Neuroscience and the law

4 "Now I am really awake for the first time ever"
- long term memory
Children's long-term memory
The key to the memory
Improving the long-term memory

5 Mathematics, memory and space
Counting babies
Retaining numbers in working memory
The mnemonic map
Mathematical areas
Mathematics and gender
Dyscalculia - does it exist?
Premature birth and dyscalculia
Training programs

6 Reading, dyslexia and problematic relationships
Learning to read
Reading areas of the brain and dyslexia
Dyslexia: genetics and displaced cells
Why the problems are interconnected
Dyslexia training and neuroscientific predictions

7 The early environment and brain development
- the importance of stimulation and engaged parents
Stimulating environments and brain development
The role of parents in memory and stress

8 Skydiving and expectations
- what acute and chronic stress do to us
Stress hormones and nerve cells
Social stress
Chronic stress

9 Cognitive training, memory techniques and music
The dream of the perfect memory
The brain of a memory champion
Working memory training
The art of training
Can everything be trained?

10 Body and soul
Jogging and the brain
Intelligence and infections

11 This will change everything
Five themes
A schoolgirl of the future



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