Week 2: Neuroscience and Information Processing

This weeks information was a pleasure to read and share with others for many reasons. I find that understanding the physiology of the brain and theory application are essential when teaching and designing course work for others in any capacity.  The articles that I read for this week helped me develop a different thought process as I enter the world of instructional design.

In the article The Brain’s Learning and Control Architecture by Chein and Schneider they discussed that the “brain research has revealed patterns of experience-dependent change (or plasticity) that occur in the brain over the course of learning” (2012, p.78). When designing instructional materials it is important to focus upon the dependent changes as well as cognitive learning styles. Having this understand will be great to a novice and experienced ID professional.

The second article Information Processing Theory and Learning Disabilities: An Overview by Swanson, shares information with the reader about the information processing theory as it applies to individuals with learning disabilities. Because of the ADA requirements I believe that it is important that an instructional designer. Swanson shared that “three general components that underlie information processing theory are (a) a constraint or structural component, akin to the hardware of a computer that defines parameters within which information can be processed at a particular stage…”(1987, p. 4). It is necessary in my opinion to have an understanding of the needs of those that may have disability issues when designing a course. I highly recommend this article.


Chein, J., & Schneider, W. (2012). The Brain’s Learning and Control Architecture. Psychological Science, 21(April), 78-84.

Swanson, L. (1987). Information Processing Theory and Learning Disabilities: An Overview. . Journal of Learning Disabilities, 20(1), 3-5. Retrieved July 8, 2012, from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/detail?sid=18f107a5-fa72-4319-b5b4-0c4fc7c33c1d%40sessionmgr13&vid=1&hid=14&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl


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