This page provides a selection of stories and research information about the program and neuroscience. It will be updated on a regular basis – please come back to this area often.
Check out The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge. It is a fascinating collection of stories of people, real people. The broadcast was on the Nature of Things (David Suzuki) – CLICK HERE.
Chapter 3 of the book is devoted to the story of Dr. Michael Merzenich (one of the founders of Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord). It’s a passionate story of how the understandings of neuroscience can be used to support our students in their learning challenges. I encourage you to get the book as these are stories that will make your heart sing.
The Power of Thought – Norman Doidge
Michael Merzenich – Rewiring the Brain (ted.com)
Enhancing the plasticity of the brain: Max Cynader at TEDxStanleyPark
Dr. Max Cynader is Director of the Brain Research Centre, and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at Vancouver Coastal Health and The University of British Columbia (UBC).
Dr Martha Burns of Northwestern University gave a presentation at the Doidge Conference in Sydney, Australia (2010) –Neuroplasticity Explained. Play the interview by ‘nouspod’. http://nouspod.com/learning/27-dr-marth-burns-explains-neuroplasticity Listen to these audio recordings.
Rapid auditory processing important in reading development: (2007) Students with developmental dyslexia showed disruption in the neural response to rapid stimuli were significantly improved in reading and showed increased brain activation after intervention. Click here for Neural correlates of rapid auditory processing are disrupted in children with developmental dyslexia and ameliorated with training: An fMRI study. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 25 (2007) 295-310. (Gaab, Gabrieli, Deutsch, Tallal and Temple.)