Research about kid's brain
In a research laboratory in California in the late 1960's, Dr. Robert Ornstein and Dr. Roger Sperry changed the course of how mankind understands the brain. In short, they found two vastly different functioning brains within the outer part of the brain - the right and the left hemisphere. They found that each hemisphere contains a distinct personality, or set of characteristics, opposite from the other. At the same time, a physical therapist was doing some experimen- tation of his own. Glenn Doman, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began working with stroke victims and discovered that certain movements stimulated brain development. In a short amount of time, he went from working with brain-injured adults to brain-injured children to "normal" children with dramatic results. Combining ashcards of words and "math spots" with visual stim-ulation and physical movement, Doman accelerated development in children beginning in infancy.
Doman founded The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential and wrote ground-breaking books on how to teach infants math as well as to read, to be physically superb, and to have encyclopedic knowledge! Meanwhile, the discovery made by Ornstein and Sperry gave fuel to other brain researchers and new information about the brain was being discovered at an incredible rate. Cutting-edge educators, eager to apply these new findings to the classroom, led the way for new brain-building techniques that began to tap both sides of the brain. The accelerated learning movement was born with forerunners Ivan Barzakov, Tony Buzan, Edward de Bono, Barbara Meister Vitale, Colin Rose, Don Campbell, Betty Edwards and Eric Jensen leading the way. Soon, we had books at our fingertips to use for speed reading, pneumonic memory tricks, instant math calculation, foreign languages, art, creative writing and super-effective study techniques. When these cutting edge writings reached the other side of the world, a Japanese tutor, Makoto Shichida, began to use these methods and accelerated learning techniques with very young children, beginning prenatally. He found that young children quickly assimilated all forms of information when given in specific "right-brain friendly" ways. His children were speed reading, solving complicated equations, composing music and other amazing feats well before six years of age. His methods were so successful that in the late 1980's, Shichida's discoveries were purchased by a businessman who created a franchise of over 350 Shichida Child Academies in Japan.