What We've Learned About Learning

Friday, July 17, 2009

Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences and the NSF Science of Learning Center at the University of Washington, talks about the latest research on how children learn and how parents and teachers can use the information.


Patricia Kuhl

Comments [14]

Sean Danahy from Midtown

An absolutely fascinating interview. Any advances towards proactive preventative action of mental conditions is a massive contribution to the aggregate human condition.

Mental Health has historically been a reactionary practice, Patricia's studies are eye opening and provide the possibility of serious advances in helping autistic people develop and tend to the issue so much earlier than when that would normally be recognized. I wonder if there would be any correlation with these effects on synapsis development/regresssion at the other end of life when dealing with Alzheimers...

Thanks Brian!

Jul. 17 2009 12:02 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Can we add this guest's comment on how children who grow up w/>1 language affects the way they approach problems to the "how your experience affects the way you see things" list from the previous segment?

Jul. 17 2009 11:49 AM
Richard Johnston from Upper West Side

I don't know about cognitive skills generally, but some years ago I taught several children growing up in households where French and English were spoken interchangeably, and their writing skills were inferior in both languages.

More recently I have worked with a lot of French-English bilingual adults, and I have seen the same situation. Somehow they must feel that oral skills are all that matter, and don't pay enough attention to the more subtle details that show up in writing. Maybe it's just because they're French.

Jul. 17 2009 11:47 AM
Nancy from Brooklyn

Cats seem to prefer "motherese" too.

Jul. 17 2009 11:45 AM
Seena Sweet from Queens

My neighbors are a married couple -- Hispanic & Japanese. The mother has been speaking Japanese to their daughter since birth, and the father speaks Spanish to her. She learns English in day care. She is tri-lingual and fluent in 3 languages and is 2 years old!

Jul. 17 2009 11:43 AM

Does this "motherese" tone of voice occur in languages other than English?

Jul. 17 2009 11:43 AM
spencer from forest hills

I'm wondering if it's detrimental to let a baby (~13 month old) watch TV (Sesame Street). She seems totally enthralled, esp by certain segments, which seems a little worrying. But should I totally ban it?

Jul. 17 2009 11:43 AM
Alysia from brooklyn

My child was diagnosed at 15 mos with Autism. He's been benefiting from Early Intervention and has made amazing progress with regard to social interaction and receptive language. How important is ABA therapy and early focused therapy in overcoming autistic characteristics? How often is ASD misdiagnosed?

Jul. 17 2009 11:43 AM
hjs from 11211

note to self: hire a spanish speaking nanny today

Jul. 17 2009 11:42 AM
carey from manhattan

Yes, I have huge problems with a for profit school. I really am offended at the thought of my child's disability underwriting the owner's Wall Street Claremont venture.

And is this woman going Bruno Bettelheim on us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul. 17 2009 11:42 AM
A from NJ

What about the teenage brain? Are there any excercises that can help a teenager with difficulty in comprehensive tests such as SAT's, finals, Ap's but that otherwisedoes very well in school?

Jul. 17 2009 11:41 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Yes, why do we not teach children foreign languages before puberty?? Professional educators are the ones who should know this and leading this. Taking foreign language in High School???

Stupid, when it should have been done since kindergarten.

Jul. 17 2009 11:40 AM
Teresa from new york

re: carey's comment- have you looked into the Aaron School and Rebecca School?

Jul. 17 2009 11:34 AM
carey from manhattan

Dear Brian,

I wanted to get this to you before you begin to discuss this. As a mother of a child on the spectrum who is now about to enter junior high, I want to ask WHY is threr so much front end attention to the condition when there are so very little attention to the children when they need it most?! That being finding schools for them that are fair and appropriate? There is no place for them in the public schools, so many of these children are academically capable and yet the sheer size of NYCDOE classes are sensory overloads and special ed classes are considered dumping grounds for children with no academic future.

But the most frustrating aspect here in NYC is the private special education schools, Gateway, Mary McDowell, Churchill, etc (many of these that are NYCDOE certified meaning they receive public funding) will say outright in their open house speeches that under no circumstances will they consider children on the spectrum and to not waste their time by applying.


And that Bloomberg quits going after the parents who seek Carter funding with his cotillion of over priced boutique private law firm lawyers (who never win anyways) but thats another story.

Thank you, A desperate mother

Jul. 17 2009 10:43 AM

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