Using Neuropsychological Knowledge in Understanding Learning Disorders
In this chapter the current status of our knowledge of the brain—behavior relationship will be examined within the context of problems of cognitive function and classroom learning. This particularly interesting and promising area of exploration still has many gray areas. Current neuropsychological knowledge does not yet include the particular functions (if they exist) of most segmental parts of the cerebrum, thalamus, and brainstem, but it does possess knowledge of some of the gross relationships of the brain and behavior, and this knowledge has relevance for the clinical psychologist and the classroom teacher. This attempt to relate neurological, psychological, and educational knowledge is a radical one and is still in its infancy. Since 1963, many professional meetings have been held in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the southern hemisphere to discuss learning disorders, and most of these have included neurologists as major invited speakers. These meetings have been sponsored by medical schools, associations of ophthalmology and pediatrics, and other medical specialties, as well as schools of education. This is a healthy sign, because physicians, psychologists, and educators are now likely to progress more rapidly in understanding learning disorders by pooling their knowledge and professional experience.
KeywordsTemporal Lobe Left Hemisphere Parietal Lobe Occipital Lobe Spatial Imagery
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