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Left Vs Right Brain in Which Side are Teachers ?

The human brain is a mysterious entity that scientists have been exploring for decades particulalry since the 1950s. Among the early pioneers in brain study were scientists Michael Gazzaniga and Roger Sperry whose hemispheric experiments paved the way for some amazing discoveries in cognitive science.However, now with the advance of technology it becomes way easier to study the brain than ever before , Howard Gardner and Daniel Goleman are the guys to turn to for some recent researches in this field.



I know we are teachers and not cognitive scientists but I think that a basic knowledge about our brain, how it works, and how it develops could help us understand our kids and students learning behaviours and therefore cater more effectively to their learning needs. Just very briefly,here are some very interesting brain facts I found on Jump Start, the original article has more facts but I selected just the most interesting among them:

bulletMAKING CONNECTIONS A child is born with over 100 billion neurons or brain cells. That's enough neurons to last a lifetime, since no more neurons will develop after birth. These neurons form connections, called synapses, which make up the wiring of the brain. (Don't worry, these terms are defined later)
 

bulletDEFINING LANGUAGE SKILLS When an infant is three months old, his brain can distinguish several hundred different spoken sounds. Over the next several months, his brain will organize itself more efficiently so that it only recognizes those sounds that are part of the language he regularly hears. During early childhood, the brain retains the ability to relearn sounds it has discarded, so young children typically learn new languages easily and without an accent.
 
bulletTHE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD The power of early adult-child interactions is remarkable. Researchers found that when mothers frequently spoke to their infants, their children learned almost 300 more words by age two than did their peers whose mothers rarely spoke to them. However, mere exposure to language through television or adult conversation provided little benefit. Infants need to interact directly with others. Children need to hear people talk to them about what they are seeing and experiencing, in order for their brains to fully develop language skills.
 

 

  Now that we know about some of the basic facts about the human brain , let's have a look at what it means to be a left or right brain person

Are You Left or Right Brain? Courtesy of OnlineCollege

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  1. The most recent things I've read have generally debunked the left brain-right brain dichotomy. For example, Kurzweil http://www.kurzweilai.net/creative-right-brain-myth-debunked

    Willingham http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/daniel-willingham/willingham-the-leftright-brain.html

    and additional research out of Yale http://www.yalescientific.org/2012/04/left-brain-right-brain-an-outdated-argument/

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