ERIC Number: ED047802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-6
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Post-Natal Cortical Development for Creativity Research.
Gordon, Marjory; Dacey, John
Man's long period of cerebral growth has important implications for education. The brain goes through major developmental changes after birth, and researchers have suggested that this growth process presents an opportunity for fostering the plasticity of genetically determined connections. Animal studies show that postnatal growth of the brain is influenced by increasing the sensory input from the environment. This influence is manifested in terms of increased interconnectivity of nerve cells and microneuron development. It is proposed that, in the human learner, two dimensions of environmental enrichment are necessary: interaction with objects and interpersonal interaction. Implications are discussed for teaching the disadvantaged child and for helping to establish creative modes of thought. Development of better measurement techniques for ascertaining the microneuronal growth pattern and its behavioral correlates should precede further research. (Author/NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill, MA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 6, 1971