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Brain Learning and Development

James Booth
Department of Psychology & Human Development
Hobbs 427
615-875-1667 (office)

The mission of the brain development laboratory is to understand the mechanisms of learning and development in order to enhance brain function in all individuals. Our developmental research focuses on academically relevant areas such as reading, math and scientific thinking. Our models of typical brain function are informed by our work in atypical populations such as dysphasia (language impairment), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and deaf and hard-of-hearing. A major focus of our work has also been on learning disabilities, including dyslexia (reading disability) and dyscalculia (math disability). Recent work in our lab is investigating the role of educational interventions for improving brain function. By furthering our understanding of the brain bases of low literacy, our work has important implications for identification and treatment in those who struggle.

For more information, visit the lab website.