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Debunking False Ideas About The Brain

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa (Author, Universidad de las Américas)

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A guide to the science behind the art of teaching.

Not every teaching method touted as "brain-friendly" is supported by research findings—and misconceptions about the brain have the capacity to harm rather than help.

In her new book, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa untangles scientific fact from pedagogical fiction, debunking dozens of widely held beliefs about the brain that have made their way into the education literature. In ten central chapters on topics ranging from brain structure to classroom environments, the text traces the origins of common neuromyths—from categorizing individuals as "right-brained" or "left-brained" to prevailing beliefs about multitasking or the effects of video games—and corrects the record with the most current state of knowledge. 

Rather than offering pat strategies, Tokuhama-Espinosa challenges teachers curious about the brain to become learning scientists, and supplies the tools needed to evaluate research and put it to use in the classroom.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-71323-7
  • 7 × 10 in / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Neuromyths serves as an important reference for teachers who want to sort through all the competing claims. . . It sharply distinguishes between neurological fact and supposition. . . It reveals the complexity of the neurologic processes for learning and encourages teachers to embrace the promise of learning neuroscience.
” — MiddleWeb

“[W]ritten for everyone who has an interest in the brain and psychology. It is a wonderful, important touchstone to remind us where we are in reference to the scientific data on so many things that people readily believe and take as truth. . . In an era of "fake news," Neuromyths is a refreshing and well-written breath of fresh air.” — Psych Central

“I am amazed at what Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa has done in this book. Here in one place is not only evidence about the myths, but a richness about how to think and learn about neuro research. By ridding the discussion of nonsense, Neuromyths clears the way for enlightenment. We need a robust, sound, and evidence-based starting point to bring back learning and a deeper understanding of brain research.” — John Hattie, Laureate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

“Through the lens of the compelling topic of neuromyths, Dr. Tokuhama-Espinosa bridges the reader to the essential foundations of the neuroscience of mind, brain, and education. Supported by her highly comprehensive and readable analysis and explanation of most current research, this is a book that will be relished by general readers, educators, and neuroeducators.” — Judy Willis, MD, neurologist, teacher, author, neuroeducator

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