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Neuropsychology & Brain-Based Learning


Brain Gym® International / Educational Kinesiology Foundation

  • Interesting approach to learning through kinesiology

Dawson. Peg and Guare R. (2012). Coaching students with executive skills deficits. Guilford Press

Feinberg, T. & Farah, M. (1997). Behavioral Neurology and Neurophysiology. McGraw Hill.

Gladwell, Malcolm. (2005). Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Little, Brown.

  • Fascinating studies of what is intuition, snap decisions, etc...

Goldberg, S. (2007). Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple. Medmaster.

Jensen, Eric. (1998). Teaching With the Brain in Mind. ASCD.

  • Excellent primer.

LeDoux, Joseph (2002). Synaptic Self: How our brains become who we are. Penguin.

Levine, Mel. (2002). A Mind at a Time. Simon & Schuster.

Levine, M. (1993). Developmental Variations and Learning Disorders. Educators Public Service.

  • All LD areas are covered.

Meltzer, Lynn. (2007). Executive Function in Education: From Theory to Practice. Guilford.

  • Excellent reference.

Norden, Jeanette (2007). Understanding the Brain. The Teaching Company.

  • 36 videotaped lectures that are fascinating and constitute a college level course

Ornstein, R. & Thompson, R. (1985). The Amazing Brain.

  • Very readable and great illustrations by David Macaulay.

Pinel, J. (1997). Biopsychology. Allyn & Bacon.

  • Very readable for graduate students.

Pinel, J. & Edwards, M. (2007). A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book. Allyn & Bacon.

  • Excellent way to learn basic neuroanatomy, especially for those hands-on learners.

Pink, Daniel. (2006). A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brain Thinkers Will Rule the Future. Riverhead Books.

  • Excellent treatise on why tests don't really measure or predict success and why creativity through the arts is crucial for all of us.

Pinker, Steven. (1997). How the Mind Works. Norton.

Richert, Ron et al (2011). Making thinking visible: How to promote engagement, understanding, and independence for all learners. Joseey Bass.

Sacks, Oliver. (2003). The Mind's Eye. New Yorker, July 28, 2003 issue.

  • Fascinating look at the minds of adults with acquired blindness from the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

Schachter, David. (2002). The Seven Sins of Memory. Houghton Mifflin.

Schwartz, Jeffrey (2002). The Mind & the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force. Harper Collins.

Siegel, D. (1999). The Developing Mind. Guilford Press.

  • An excellent treatise on why brains needs socialization to fully mature

Sousa, David. (2000). How the Brain Learns, 2nd Ed. Corwin Press.

Sprenger, Marilee. (1999). Learning & Memory: The Brain in Action. ASCD.

  • Must read for all teachers.

Sylwester, Robert. (1995). A Celebration of Neurons: An Educator's Guide to the Human Brain. ASCD.

Shaywitz, S. E. (1996). Dyslexia. Scientific America, pp. 98-104, November 1996.

  • An excellent and comprehensive overview of the neuropsychology of dyslexia.

Taylor, Jill Bolte. (2006). My Stroke of Insight. Viking.

  • Fascinating insights into the way our two hemispheres process the world differently, very readable.

The Brain: A Scientific America Book. Freeman, San Francisco, CA.

Willis, Judy (2006). Research-Based strategies to ignite student learning: Insights from a neurologist and classroom teacher. ASCD

The Hidden Mind. Scientific American, Special Edition, August 31, 2002.

Wolfe, P. (2001). Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice. ASCD.

  • Good sections on memory, organization, and increasing interest.

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