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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (29 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405124016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405124010
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This beautifully written book by two experts is compelling readingfor anybody who wants a clear, authoritative account of how ourbrain learns. It will enthrall the widest possible readership –those people who have no previous knowledge of brain science, andthose 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 mustread. It has a large canvass and a big point when it comesto learning, it s all about the brain.
Michael S. Gazzaniga, David T. McLaughlin DistinguishedUniversity Professor, Dartmouth College

"This is an exciting, readable and compelling account of how theworkings of the brain shape both formal and informallearning."
Kathy Sylva, Professor of Educational Psychology, University ofOxford

"Sarah Blakemore and Uta Frith have written a highly accessiblesurvey of the many links between brain science and education. Theydo a beautiful job of summarizing many recent and excitingdiscoveries in neuroscience, brain imaging, and psychology, fromsleep to dyslexia, autism or attention deficits. Teaching willalways be something of an art but the teachers who readThe Learning Brain will know much more about the sciencebehind it. This book should be read by all educators, students andparents who want to understand how the brain changes duringlearning, and what can be done to ground educational practices on asound basis in psychology and neuroscience." Stanislas Dehaene,INSERM Cognitive Neuroimaging Research Unit,Paris

It [The Learning Brain: Lessons forEducation] is rich with facts, yet easily accessible to thegeneral reader. While sending a positive and encouraging messageabout the relevance of neuroscience to the classroom, its tone isresponsible and not exaggerated. The book is packed with details ofcutting–edge research, presented in a lively manner with care toavoid excessive detail.
Nature Neuroscience, October 2005

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

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

"This is a very readable account of the findings of brainresearch and will appeal to a wide variety of readers . . .Readers, whether they be members of the general public who have aninterest in how the brain works, people working within education ornew researchers will be amazed by the findings of brain researchand will want to find out more."
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Forced learning, or "hot–housing", of infants has becomeincreasingly popular in recent years – but does it work? Theplasticity of the adolescent and adult brain is becoming graduallyacknowledged by brain scientists. What does this say about lifelonglearning? In this groundbreaking book, two scientists take stock ofwhat is now known about how and when the brain learns, and considerthe implications of this knowledge for educational policy andpractice.


Blakemore and Frith break new ground by drawing out therelevance of brain research to education. After reviewing braindevelopment and learning from infancy, through school years toadolescence and adulthood, they explore how the brain can changeand learn at any age. They consider naturally learned skills, suchas emotional and social competence, and formally taught skills,such as reading, writing and arithmetic. They also take a look atthe potential of new ways to improve learning, including physicaland mental exercise, sleep and diet. An important part of the bookdeals with brain research on learning difficulties, such asdyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit and autism, and how thisresearch can inform remedial education.


This landmark book will be of interest to students of psychologyand education, teachers, psychologists, educational policy–makers,and parents.


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Morvan Lloyd-Baker on 6 May 2006
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Two experts review what scientists have discovered about how the brain learns - in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The authors discuss the pros and cons of hot-housing, different ways to learn to read and write, and how the brain changes, not just in early childhood but throughout life. The research is explained clearly and succinctly - even a non-expert can understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison S on 20 May 2011
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Fascinating and very readable guide to the links between anatomical brain development and implications for education.
Lots of useful information relating to lifelong learning. Recommended reading for any interested teachers and lecturers.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Mundy on 11 Dec. 2005
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This is the first book I've read that explains how the brain learns. It was clear and understandable even though I am not a scientist. I learned a lot about how to train the adult brain, and there were tips on how to improve your brain. For example, I didn't know that the brain lays down memories when you are asleep - and recent brain research has shown that even an afternoon nap improves memory. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the human brain.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Breckwoldt on 2 Jan. 2010
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A well-balanced and informative study of what brain science can tell us about how and where learning takes place in the brain. Easily readable for the non-specialist, demonstrating both the knowledge and limitations to our knowledge about the what we know about the brain. Useful in reminding about the plasticity of the brain where education is concerned. We can carry on learning throughout most of our lives. Will be well worth reading a second time. Recommended for those who want to know what is scientifically known about learning and brain science.
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Still reading, wonderfully informative. Probably discovered why mine isn't growing and why I'm comfortable with that. Very useful especially if you have adolescent children or somebody who wants to bring back the 11+, it shows why that's a failure without even mentioning the exam.
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By Chen on 19 Feb. 2013
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Good content, good quality, ideal material for teacher especially the teacher with young children. Enjoy reading and easy to understand
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