English as therapy: Neuroscience in the classroom

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Spencer Robinson
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Humans – through the biological determinants of evolutionary selection – have developed a uniquely social brain. In the human social brain, learning is the principal mechanism that shapes all behavior, and language is the medium through which learning takes place and cognition is acquired. Cognition is the understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us. But the processes of cognitive development – that is, how we learn, what we learn, how we understand the world around us, and, consequently, how we are molded to behave – can be blocked or can become distorted. We explore how this blockage or distortion can occur, how it can be prevented or repaired, and how the English language can be an especially powerful facilitator, not only for learning, but equally as a medium for the remediation of, and even full recovery from, cognitive and behavioral disorders.

We explore the processes in the human social brain by which learning is realized and cognition and behavior are shaped, and the techniques of CNE (cognitive neuroeducation) and the power of English that can be used, both in the classroom and in a remedial setting, to affirmatively stimulate these processes in fostering learning realization and positive, socially adaptive behavior.