Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mezernich on Auditory Processing Disorder and How our emotions affect our learning

Rendering of human brain.Image via WikipediaOne of the leading authorities on neuroplasticity and auditory processing disorder, Professor Mezernich talks about  how the brain processes bits of sound to how our emotions modulate the processing of complex cognitive tasks, particularly those involved in reading
In particular, Mezernich talks about  processing inefficiencies associated with 'fuzzy' sound representations and their parallels with the inefficiencies associated with processing letter sound confusions.  This is important to me because I have problems with hearing in noise as part of my hearing problems (auditory processing disorder).  

Mezernich asks the fundamental question:  Given that a brain can change itself (neuroplasticity),  in so far as it's possible, how can I drive true neurological correction in the brains of individuals that are struggling and experiencing difficulty. How can I change the environment to get the brain to do what its supposed to do?  How could I intervene to correct it right at its core so that I, in a sense, make up for the missing pieces, for the missing deficits, so that I can evolve in that child the ability to control elaborate and agile movement?
Mezernich thinks about changing the environment so that the brain will change itself to make up for the pieces that it is missing:  Change the Environment, Change the Body and Change the Mind.  Use the principles of neuroscience to drive physical rehabilitation.
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