Education and the plastic brain
This forum bridges neuroscience and education...well, the subject I’ve been hearing about lately is neuroplasticity. PBS ran a special on it called “The Brain Fitness Program”; it talked a lot about how our brains change and specialize over time and how they keep changing throughout life. The key is getting them to change for the better. There’s even a new “brain fitness” industry on the rise, led by companies like Posit Science, who’s developed a software program for enhancing and maintaining memory and cognition.
The most obvious application of a program like this is with Adult Education. It’s been suggested by the results of a clinical trial called IMPACT that the Posit Science program can improve one’s cognition by a difference of ten years. But there could be many other potential uses for this branch of science. I think this is a really essential point for teachers, since it speaks to how learning is crucial for health (and vice versa).