|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
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 http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html. The limbic system is described toward the bottom of this page: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/nsdivide.html At the bottom of this page http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/introb.html they have information on a variety of neurological disorders including dyslexia.
Try the links in the MadSci Library for more information on Neuroscience.