Review Videos -


              These are reviewed videos that are of educational interest.  There pdf notes available with some of them.

Professor Sue Garthercol- Diagnosis What Diagnosisi

         Sue Gathercole who is in the Cambridge Institute of the brain  in this Learnus lecture refers to the latest research on cognition and working memory. The Institute specialise on researching children's who have learning difficulties. The Institute is sponsored by the the health service.         

         In her excellent lecture Sue Garthercole refers the fact that these is no evidence that working memory capacity can be changed and that there is no magic bullet solution to resolving difficulties that 33% of children have retarded learning potential.  

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Ducan Astle - Supporting Sruggling Learners

        Ducan Astle is also at Cambridge University of the Brain. The title of his lecture is "Supporting Struggling Learners Beyond the Label". He refers to neuro-myths and the concept of the regression of the mean. He refers to research into children with learning difficulties. He makes the important point that children with diagnosed problems like dyslexia do not fit precisely into specific diagnostic categories.

Chris Jarrold - Working Memory Vid 1

Vid 2   Vid 3   Vid 4

Bristol School of Cognitive Pscyhology

           The Videos Explain Working Memory Problems

             These videos are extremely interesting.

         They assert that there are three dimensions to working memory. Processing capacity, which can be worked out by calculating digit span, how many numbers the brain can hold. Processing speed can be worked out by naming the colours of circle as quickly as possible. Complex span uses digit span injected with fast naming of colours i.e. hold a number and then name a colour.

     They refer to three reasons for working memory problems arising. It arises because of low memory capacity, slow processing speed and distractions.  They suggest that the ability to read relates to memorisation problems, while processing quickly, effectively relates to classroom behaviour.

V2.  Children may have specific visual memory problems. These children's can become frustrated. Children can have limited verbal spans.

V3. Slower processers remember less because they are unlikely get distractions out of the way. Verbal distraction have a strong effect on people.

V4. Rhythm supports memory