Neuroscience and Education

I was pleased to see the topic of neuroscience and education make an appearance in Radio 4’s Brain Season. Tuesday’s crepuscular drive home was brightened up by the second of Matthew Taylor‘s 3-part series Brain Culture: Neuroscience & Society.

This particular episode touched on such topics as early years (stimulation – or lack thereof) and use of games in the classroom. What grabbed my attention the most, however, was when the conversation turned to praise and self-esteem. There was the suggestion that praising young people for being clever may not help them when they hit a wall as much as praising them for effort. *

You can hear the programme here (and there seems to be no suggestion of the usual removal date).

* ps the day after posting this I came across the following quote from @greatestquotes on Twitter

“It’s not that I’m so smart , it’s just that I stay with problems longer .” – Albert Einstein