John Abbott explores the idea that the stage of adolescence may be one of the core driving forces of human evolution.
John Abbott asks what kind of people our education system is aiming to produce.
Heather MacTaggart speaks about the fact that although human beings are inquisitive by nature, for many children learning becomes something that is viewed as ‘not fun’.
John Abbott discusses the nature of the human brain and critical periods for learning in a person’s development.
John Abbott speaks about the nature of the human brain and the existence of developmental ‘windows of opportunity’ for learning.
John Abbott discusses the need for us to understand critical ‘windows of opportunity’ in human development in order to maximize learning. In particular, he discusses very key – and very different – opportunities afforded by the early years and the period of adolescence.
John Abbott discusses human evolution and the incredible amount of brain development that takes place in our earliest years.
We know that the human brain is essentially plastic, that it constantly reshapes itself in response to environmental challenges, but that it does this within the blueprint of the species inherited experience. There are three phases during a normal life cycle when the brain goes through extraordinary periods of internal reorganization...[and] experience during each of these phases becomes critical to how the individual brain is reconfigured to deal with the next stage of life. This process is called 'synaptogenesis'... Three phases have so far been identified – the earliest months of life, adolescence and old age.
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