The Nervous System and Learning

  • William H. Gaddes
  • Dorothy Edgell


Most teachers and clinical psychologists are reluctant to assume the responsibility of learning neurology in addition to their many other duties. Whereas a disregard of neurological correlates is possible in teaching a child with a normally functioning brain, however, 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 unawareness of some type of sensory imperception, language deficit, or motor impairment that interfered with their learning. Had they been correctly understood and had a successful remedial program been established early, their lives might have taken a happier and more satisfactory direction.


Positron Emission Tomography Corpus Callosum Superior Colliculus Clinical Psychologist Brain Damage 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Gaddes
    • 1
  • Dorothy Edgell
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s HealthVictoriaCanada

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