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Brain Gym

3 May 2008

Sense About Science has been receiving calls from parents and teachers who are concerned about the use of ‘Brain Gym’ - a programme of teacher-led physical exercises claimed to improve cognitive abilities - in primary schools.

Brain Gym

Sense About Science has been receiving calls from parents and teachers who are concerned about the use of ‘Brain Gym’ - a programme of teacher-led physical exercises claimed to improve cognitive abilities - in primary schools.

These exercises are being taught with pseudoscientific explanations that undermine science teaching and mislead children about how their bodies work.

Working with neuroscientists and physiologists we have produced a series of responses to the claims made in the Brain Gym Teachers’ Edition. Read the briefing document

The director of Sense About Science, in association with The Physiological Society and the British Neuroscience Association, has written to local authorities to ask them to make this material available to schools in their area.

If you have any questions about the science claims made by Brain Gym please contact us by
email or on 020 7478 4380.


BBC

Newsnight programme covered this story in a report by Pallab Ghosh.  You can watch the report below.

 

BBC

Dr Beth Losiewicz, from the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, was interviewed for BBC 5 Live on Brain Gym.  You can listen the clip here (mp3, 6MB).

Guardian

Experts dismiss educational claims of Brain Gym programme

Guardian

British schools are falling for the pseudoscience of Brain Gym

Times

Brain Gym claims to be withdrawn

Guardian

Brain Gym exercises do pupils no favours

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