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Sensory and cognitive plasticity: implications for academic interventions

  • Author(s): Cooper, Emily A
  • Mackey, Allyson P
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Research in neuroscience has great potential for transforming education. However, the brain systems that support academic and cognitive skills are poorly understood in comparison to the systems that support sensory processing. Decades of basic research have examined the role that brain plasticity plays in the genesis and treatment of developmental visual disorders, which may help to inform how cognitive training approaches can be tailored for students who experience environmental disadvantage. In this review, we draw parallels between visual and cognitive intervention approaches, and suggest research avenues that could inform educational practice in the future.

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