Using Paul MacLean’s model of the triune brain, I will explore the different functions of how the brain is organized. The three types of brain functions can be related to a student’s reptilian, lower mammalian, and higher primate learning/behavior paths. The key is to recognize the 3 different functions, and then teach to the higher primate level. If the higher primate level is stimulated, critical reasoning can be learned and applied. The key is to teach potential multiple explanation/causation for observed phenomena instead of rote memorization as demonstrated in the Pavlov’s dogs experiments (a function of the primitive mammalian brain).

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Mike Ruddell, Liberal Arts