More on the brain!

Just happened to attend two very interesting sessions recently on the brain and learning, by neuro-scientist Dr Don Cameron, an expert on the physical structure of the brain, and how it impacts on human behaviour, including learning.

I hadn’t heard before the story of Phineas Gage, a nineteenth century railway worker who surivived a major brain injury and whose subsequent change in behaviour began the modern investigation into the brain.

I suppose the take-home message was that, while our knowledge of the brain has advanced remarkably, there’s still a lot we don’t know, particularly the implications for learning in the physiology of the brain.

Cameron was sceptical about curriculum that branded itself ‘brain-based’ learning and debunked other common myths like ‘we only use 10% of our brain’ and we

I was amazed at the pure physicality of it all; the brain as a plastic, changing mass that grows and shrinks all our lives, all chemicals and electrical connections. And the idea that sometimes, all the various sections can sing together in some kind of harmony.


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