The Nervous System and Learning

  • William H. Gaddes


Most teachers and clinical psychologists are reluctant to assume the responsibility of learning neurology in addition to their many other duties. However, whereas a disregard of neurological correlates is possible in the teaching of a child with a normally functioning brain, it may easily lead to misunderstanding and mishandling of the child with brain damage or some type of cerebral dysfunction. In fact, in the past, large numbers of children were misdiagnosed as “mentally retarded” because of an ignorance of some type of sensory imperception, language deficit, or motor impairment that interfered with their learning. Had they been correctly understood and a successful remedial program established early, their lives might have taken a happier and more satisfactory direction.


Corpus Callosum Superior Colliculus Medulla Oblongata Brain Damage Motor Pathway 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Gaddes
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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