PTSD, Poverty, and Changes in Brain Function: Pedagogical Implications?

What if there was some social or environmental factor was proven to change the function of the human brain?  Well, what about PTSD?  And how about poverty and malnutrition?  Can we say we’re educating students effectively if we aren’t first addressing these societal issues that affect learning ability?  Read on for fMRI studies:Quick list of relevant articles for PTSD (sorry, don’t have time to post the links…not sure how much of these I’ll get to include in my research):

  • Addis, Wong, and Schachter: PTSD affects how memories are acquired, internalized, and extended to future memories.
  • Adenauer et al.: Narrative therapy for PTSD patients affects processing of aversive stimuli.
  • Buchanan – Retrieval of Emotional Memories.
  • Rubin – Autobiographical Memory in PTSD
  • St Jacques et al – fMRI of Autobiographical Recall in PTSD

Here are ones just for autobiographical memory:

  • Maguire – Neuroimagingstudies of Autobiographical Memory
  • Svoboda and Levine – Rehearsal on Functional Neuroanatomy of episodic autobiographical and semantic remembering – fMRI
  • Svoboda, McKinnon, Levine – neuroanatomy of autobiographical memory – meta-analysis

And if you’ve seen the movie Still Alice (which I have not yet seen…) then you might relate to this one:

  • Pachalska et al – Borrowed Identity Syndrome after Traumatic Brain Injury

Hopefully I’ll be returning to this point to fill in the gaps…but I need to review those articles again.  It’s been a while.

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