Learning and the Brain

Leslie Hicks , Ph.D.

October 30, 2006

Video Segments

  1. Does brain laterality or gender affect learning?
  2. How does the brain learn?
  3. Are there any conditions that enhance or hinder learning?
  4. Do you have any other questions?


Today we hear a lot about "brain-based education," that is, pedagogy that supposedly implements the findings of neuroscience. However, in this video, Leslie Hicks warns us, "You can't go from neuroscience to the classroom because we don't know enough about the brain." What we do know can dispel some myths and reinforce some of the findings of educational research. Therefore, this lecture addresses questions such as "Does brain laterality or gender affect learning?" It also clarifies how the brain learns and what conditions enhance or hinder learning.