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ERIC Number: ED401547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 53
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Values: Understanding Written Language and the Mind through Brain Biology.
Brand, Alice G.
Suggesting that neuroscience and the actualities of brain circuitry can provide guidance for what is misunderstood in writing education, namely, the role of subjectivity and values in the composing process, this paper argues that neuroscience provides corporeal evidence for the salience of particular brain structures and processes responsible for subjectivity. The paper discusses 3 fundamental human realities that lay the ground work for this claim: (1) the sociology of the brain; (2) the psychology of the brain; and (3) the physical brain--the public, scientifically observable and verifiable realm of the material being; the brain is tangible, its activities measurable. Sections of the paper also discuss Charles Darwin and language learning; the brain's selection processes that create the mind; higher-order consciousness and writing; primary consciousness; theory of neuronal group selection; memory and value; and language and values. The paper concludes that if writing instructors begin to understand brain anatomy and circuitry as partly hardwired and unconscious and partly amenable to conscious choice, they may be better able to appreciate impairment--writing problems may be emotional problems, situational problems, or biological problems that take various forms. Contains 58 references and 4 figures illustrating brain anatomy or models of learning processes. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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