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Neuroscience in Education: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Sergio Della Sala and Mike Anderson


In the past ten years, there has been growing interest in applying our knowledge of the human brain to the field of education, including reading, learning, language, and mathematics. This has resulted in the development of a number of new practices in education, some good, some bad, and some just crazy. Hence we have had theories suggesting that listening to Mozart can boost intelligence, foot massages can help unruly pupils, fish oil can boost brain power, even the idea that breathing through your left nostril can enhance creativity. Sadly, there is a gap between what neuroscientists or cogni ... More

Keywords: education, reading, learning, languages, mathematics, brain/mind functions, scientific theory, neuroscience

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199600496
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergio Della Sala, editor
Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK

Mike Anderson, editor
Winthrop Professor, The University of Western Australia, Australia

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Section 1 Introductions

Section 2 Theoretical approaches for developing the good, removing the bad and giving the ugly a makeover in neuroscience and education

Section 3 The contribution of cognitive neuroscience to understanding domains of learning

Chapter 8 Applications of cognitive science to education

Henry L. Roediger, III, Bridgid Finn and Yana Weinstein

Section 4 The influence of neurogenetics on education

Section 5 Misuse of neuroscience in the classroom

Section 6 Current conjectures from educational neuroscience

Chapter 17 Assuring successful lifelong learning: can neuroscience provide the key?

Christiane Spiel, Barbara Schober, Petra Wagner and Monika Finsterwald

Section 7 Final remarks