MadSci Network: Neuroscience

Re: is there a part of the nervous system that can cause LD or ASB?

Date: Fri Apr 6 04:58:45 2001
Posted By: Jocelyn Wishart, Lecturer, Education, Loughborough University
Area of science: Neuroscience
ID: 976294021.Ns

Defects in certain brain structures have been associated with various 
learning difficulties and anti-social behaviours. In particular the limbic 
system, part of the mid-brain, is very important here.

However, our information is usually gained from serious injuries, for 
instance, there is a guy called HM  who cannot learn at all. His 
hippocampus has been destroyed so he cannot transfer new information into 
his long term memory, he remembers new people and things for only a few 
minutes.  We still donít know enough about subtle changes in brain 
structure and how they affect behaviour. The brain is so interconnected 
that neuroscientists no longer think that single structures may be 
responsible for behaviour.

The best site I can direct you to is Neuroscience for Kids at

The limbic system is described toward the bottom of this page:

At the bottom of this page they have information on 
a variety of neurological disorders including dyslexia.

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