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Enriching environments and experiences

Enriching environments and experiences


Choose one of the bullet points below from Chapter 2 in the textbook. Find and read a peer-reviewed journal article about research the authors conducted related to that bullet point. In your initial post here in the Discussion Board (by Wednesday), describe for your classmates the purpose of the study you read and what hypotheses drove it. Explain how the study was related to the bullet point you selected from Chapter 2, who the research participants were, what was done in the study, and what was found. Then, state how this journal article informs you, as a scholar of learning and motivation, about the bullet point you selected. Be sure your write-up demonstrates your deeper learning about this bullet point. You must also attach your journal article to your post.

Some loss of synapses is both inevitable and desirable.

Many environments nurture normal brain development in experience- expectant domains.

Enriching environments and experiences can greatly enhance development in experience-dependent domains.

In developmental domains characterized by critical or sensitive periods, the windows of opportunity often remains at least a crack open.

There is no such thing as teaching to left brain or right brain.

Good sleeping habits and regular physical exercise enhance brain functioning.

Brain research can help refine theories, but it can’t tell us very much about what to teach or how best to teach it.