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Educating the Brain: Lessons from Neuroimaging
Neuroimaging can provide insights about the anatomical and physiological brain mechanisms that support childhood learning in the home and school. I will present studies that show how variation in home language experience is associated with variation in children’s brain function and structure and that such variation can show rapid plasticity. I will also present research showing that effective remediation of reading difficulty is associated with structural brain plasticity. Finally, I will present evidence that a school-based mindfulness program can result in both social-emotional and cognitive benefits, with corresponding plasticity in relevant brain systems.