New brain imaging technology may pave the way for a new science to understand how children think and learn. It could eventually help educators and revolutionize classrooms. As neurologists increasingly use brain imaging to understand brain functions, a bold few are including the pillars of education in their search. Meanwhile teachers are looking more and more to science for clues as to how students’ brains develop. Some scientists have labeled this blending of neurology and education as “neuroeducation” and say it will push education to build on solid science, rather than moving from one fad to the next. Many brain-based learning books rely on the pop psychology idea of left-brain/right-brain (analytical versus creative brain hemispheres), which is horrendously outdated and inaccurate. Thanks to new imaging techniques, we can watch brain activation in young children to better guide our interventions.
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