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The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education Hardcover – July 4, 2005

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"This beautifully written book by two experts is compelling reading for anybody who wants a clear, authoritative account of how our brain learns. It will enthrall the widest possible readership - those people who have no previous knowledge of brain science, and those who have a detailed grasp of how the brain works."
Robert Winston, Imperial College London <!--end-->

"This upbeat, fast paced review of brain research is a must read. It has a large canvass and a big point – when it comes to learning, it’s all about the brain.”
Michael S. Gazzaniga, David T. McLaughlin Distinguished University Professor, Dartmouth College

"This is an exciting, readable and compelling account of how the workings of the brain shape both formal and informal learning."
Kathy Sylva, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Oxford

"Sarah Blakemore and Uta Frith have written a highly accessible survey of the many links between brain science and education. They do a beautiful job of summarizing many recent and exciting discoveries in neuroscience, brain imaging, and psychology, from sleep to dyslexia, autism or attention deficits. Teaching will always be something of an art – but the teachers who read The Learning Brain will know much more about the science behind it. This book should be read by all educators, students and parents who want to understand how the brain changes during learning, and what can be done to ground educational practices on a sound basis in psychology and neuroscience." Stanislas Dehaene, INSERM Cognitive Neuroimaging Research Unit, Paris

“It [The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education] is rich with facts, yet easily accessible to the general reader. While sending a positive and encouraging message about the relevance of neuroscience to the classroom, its tone is responsible and not exaggerated. The book is packed with details of cutting-edge research, presented in a lively manner with care to avoid excessive detail.
Nature Neuroscience, October 2005

"The material is well presented, and much of it is fascinating in its own right. Anyone interested in the workings of the brain can profit from reading this book."
PsycCRITIQUES, October 2005

"The Learning Brain should become compulsory reading for everyone who is involved in educational practice and policy because it by no means raises unrealistic hopes, or – like some other popular books in this field – give more or less trivial advice about ‘brain-appropriate’ learning. It also helps in the understanding of what might have gone wrong in the brains of learners who, for example, have persistent reading difficulties despite schooling, or who fail to grasp advanced mathematical and scientific concepts."
Trends in Cognitive Science, December 2005

"This is a very readable account of the findings of brain research and will appeal to a wide variety of readers . . . Readers, whether they be members of the general public who have an interest in how the brain works, people working within education or new researchers will be amazed by the findings of brain research and will want to find out more."
Education in the North

Book Description

In this groundbreaking book, two scientists take stock of what is now known about how and when the brain learns, and consider the implications of this knowledge for educational policy and practice. Blakemore and Frith break new ground by drawing out the relevance of brain research to education. After reviewing brain development and learning from infancy, through school years to adolescence and adulthood, they explore how the brain can change and learn at any age. They consider naturally learned skills, such as emotional and social competence, and formally taught skills, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic. They also take a look at the potential of new ways to improve learning, including physical and mental exercise, sleep, and diet. An important part of the book deals with brain research on learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit, and autism, and how this research can inform remedial education. This landmark book is written for readers interested in psychology and education. Teachers, psychologists, educational policy-makers, and parents will find it invaluable.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (July 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405106220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405106221
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,024,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very strongly recommended, The Learning Brain: Lessons For Education deftly co-authored by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College, London) and Uta Frith (Professor of Cognitive Development and Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College, London) is an informed and informative body of work specifically designed to guide non-specialist general readers seeking learn more of how the mind works. The Learning Brain documents and details a significant amount of what human's understanding of how the mind works, and summarizes the information in a "user-friendly" manner to enlighten the reader with ease. Enhanced with an Appendix, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, illustration resources and credits, as well as a comprehensive index, The Learning Brain is a strongly recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Psychology reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joy on November 8, 2013
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I work with children under six and anything about the brain and behaviour interests me. I found this book very comprehensive and useful.
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Easy to understand and made for an enjoyable read. Would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the human/adolescent brain.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Bossart on June 9, 2014
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I purchased this book as a requirement for my reading endorsement. It's an interesting read. It has plain language and a bunch of examples correlating to evidence. Great book for profession collection.
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