Archive for December, 2010

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Primitive Reflexes and vision

To gain a better understanding of how this works, let’s start with the basic building blocks of sensorimotor development – primitive reflexes.  Primitive reflexes are also called survival reflexes.  They originate in the brainstem, which is the first part of the brain to develop, and protects the fetus in-utero, helps guide them through the birth […]

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Fear and Frustration Get in the Way
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Fear and Frustration Get in the Way

Originally posted on Edutopia: A study published in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory in 2002, for one, suggested that the amygdala is indeed the part of the brain involved in mediating emotional arousal — and it has a strong impact on learning. Several studies before and since have confirmed these types of findings. […]

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Coming Clean To my Son
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Coming Clean To my Son

Originally posted at Get Born Magazine December 21, 2010: “You’re not in trouble,” I said. “We just need to talk to you. It’s nothing bad.” He gave me a sidelong glance of filial disbelief, and I wondered if his social awareness is more acute than he lets on. To me this moment is bad, almost […]

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Retained Primitive Reflexes

It has been estimated that 15-20% of children in our society suffer some degree of learning difficulty. “Learning Difficulty” in this paper refers to those who perform poor academically in the absence of intellectual or gross physical impairment. We all agree that any form of learning difficulty is worthy of attention, so the child (or […]

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