Neuroscience isn’t just for scientists anymore. The way experts study how children’s brains develop over time is changing education overall.
- We’ll Start to Hear a Lot About “Neuroeducation” In the future, we’ll hear a lot about neuroeducation, and we can expect to see curricula based not just on teaching subjects, but on preparing brains for learning.
- Changing the Way Kids Study Our understanding of the brain is leading to remarkable insights into how memories are formed and how we access those memories. These insights are leading to new approaches to helping kids to study and learn.We’ll expect to see new insights into helping your kids with their study plans.For example, it turns out that repetition is important but that the brain responds to a “spacing effect.”
- Music, Language and the Mind One of the most pronounced findings of neuroscience is the impact of learning music on cognitive function. The idea became popular when it was called the “Mozart Effect”—but it turns out that listening to music isn’t enough.Neuroscience has shown that learning to play an instrument or learning about notes, rhythm and song can have a dramatic impact on how the brain develops.
- The Bilingual Advantage Similar to music, learning a second language has a direct impact on how the brain develops and grows. And the impact can be unexpected: a child who has learned English and French will perform better than a child who grew up learning English only—in English!
- The Parenting Advantage What a child does in school goes hand-in-hand with what happens in the home. The advantages on the brain of a great school program, for example, are only fully realized when parents play a rolein their child’s development.
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