Culture and Education: new frontiers in Brain Plasticity

Cognitive neuroscience has started to probe cross-cultural differences in the neuronal mechanisms underlying cognitive, perceptual and social domains. Moreover, brain imaging has revealed how education changes the brain. Such research opens up a new frontier in brain plasticity research, breaking down the boundaries between neuroscience and other traditionally non-biological disciplines, resulting in many conceptual and practical implications. Although culture and education were previously not commonly considered candidates for the study of neuronal plasticity, recent efforts demonstrate that cognitive neuroscience can enhance our understanding of culture and education. It is now possible to characterize how uniquely human experiences shape brain function and, in turn, consider how neuronal mechanisms give rise to culture, thereby opening new horizons in the study of uniquely human brain functions. This new research is opening pathways between traditional ‘social’ and ‘biological’ approaches. Results from this research will change societal discourse and have important implications for a better understanding of educational and social problems.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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