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The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children Hardcover – November 2, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0199917105 ISBN-10: 0199917108 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199917108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199917105
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With a friendly and clear writing style, Klingberg introduces us to the factors that shape working memory, and the profound impact it has on our lives... Crucially, Klingberg highlights the costs of missed diagnosis: children with working memory deficits have extreme difficulty attaining math and verbal skills and suffer from low self-esteem" -- New York Times Book Review


"Klingberg mixes multiple anecdotes with scientific studies... The result is fascinating and readable. There is much to recommend in this book. The anecdotes and descriptions of many pieces of research are interesting and sure to pique the curiosity of most readers." --PsycCRITIQUES


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).

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Torkel Klingberg, MD, PhD, is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. His work on child brain development and cognitive training is at the international front line. He led the original studies demonstrating that working memory can be improved by training. Dr. Klingberg leads a major Swedish project on child development, lectures regularly at international conferences, is the recipient of several prizes, and serves as a member of the Nobel Assembly. He is also the author of two book: "The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory" and most recently "The learning brain - memory and brain development in children", (Oxford University Press).

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Overall, I felt that the book needed work but it was definitely a good read.
Ryan
Just what was offered...no surprises, I don't like surprises and this was just what I ordered, great resource really.
Steven M. Smith Psy. D., Licensed Psychologist
Read it slowly and carefully, allowing your brain to soak up the pool of knowledge the author has uncovered for us.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on May 23, 2013
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Worthy of Notice: The Learning Brain Ryan Erdwins
4 out of 5 stars 5/16/13
We as a society rely so much on knowledge. How to complete tasks, how to solve problems, even how to construct something one moment and tear it down the next. The ability to acquire this knowledge is simply the ability to learn. But learning a piece of information can vary from person to person and that aptitude for learning can be influenced by a variety of factors. Much of our learning and capacity to learn is crafted in our childhood, during the early years of neurodevelopment. What The Learning Brain discusses is how we can use neuroscience to better understand and improve the education of our youth. Author Torkel Klingberg, MD, PhD uses his extensive knowledge in the field to discuss the variety of ways in which our learning and memory capacity can be affected by stress, diseases, disabilities, as well as environmental factors. Dr. Klingberg is a professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Stockholm Brain Institute, which is part of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the leader of a Swedish project dealing with child development. His work on brain training as well child neurodevelopment is at the forefront of its field. He is also a member of the Nobel Assembly. , I would definitely recommend reading The Learning Brain. What I felt this book accomplished best was communicating many of the ways that our developing brain can be affected for better or worse. I felt that it was beneficial in gaining a better understanding of neurological disorders such as ADHD. That being said, there were a few areas where some improvement needs to take place. One improvement s to limit the number of case studies used for a single point.
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Understanding how the brain works is no easy task. In Memory and Brain Development in Children, author Torkel klingberg, takes us on a journey. He talks about memory champions and what it demands of our sometimes frail human nature. He addresses all aspects of memory and brain function, from daydreaming tendencies to dyslexia to thrill seekers; the reader is continuously reminded of brain limitations and surprises.

For the firsts time, he notes, areas of particular brain functions are mapped out by recent studies. Several of these recent studies have demonstrated that the often stereotyped concepts of mathematics skills remain a boy’s domain still holds. The Learning Brain is a book that gives us a sure-fire direction for developing our intellects.

Although Klingberg is new in book production, he’s already paved the way for a continued quest in the area of cognition research. He has been characterized as a leading cognitive neuroscientist. No doubt the world will be seeing more of this ambitious scholar. Being both an MD and PhD provides Torkel Klingberg with a unique perspective. Klingberg devotes much of his book to enlightening us about how we can utilize the developments from neuroscience to bring our educational practice into the 21st Century. He emphasizes that improving our children’s memory should be an important goal of education. Read it slowly and carefully, allowing your brain to soak up the pool of knowledge the author has uncovered for us.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gwen Bain on February 3, 2013
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I wanted to read this author's work on memory and learning in children because I have now worked with special needs children for 40 years and realized early on that memory was a key issue in learning. In fact, had my doctorate degree not gotten detoured, my dissertation would have been in that area. Klingberg is on the cutting edge.
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