Bibliography on the Brain


Donovan, M. S., Bransford, J. D., & Pellegrino, J.W. (Eds.). (2000). How people learn: brain, mind, experience and school. Washington D. C.: National Academy Press.


Ratey, J. J. (2002). A users guide to the brain; perception, attention and the four theaters of the brain. New York: Vintage Books.


Hawkins, J. (2004). On Intelligence. New York: Henrt Holt and Company.


Lakoff, G. (2004). Don't think of an elephant: know your values and frame the debate . White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing.


Dweck, Carol S. (2006). Mindset: the new psychology of success. New York: Ballantine Books.

Mindsets frame the running account that’s taking place in people’s heads. They guide the whole interpretation process. The fixed mindset creates an internal monologue that is focused on judging: “This means I am a loser.” “This means I’m a better person than they are”.

“In one study seventh graders told us how they would respond to an academic failure – a poor test grade in a new course. Those with the growth mindset, no big surprise, said they would study harder for the next test. But those with the fixed mindset said they would study less for the next test. If you don’t have the ability, why waste your time. And they said, they would seriously consider cheating. If you don’t have the ability, they thought, you just have to look for another way.”


Jensen, E. (2006). Enriching the Brain: How to maximize every learner’s potential, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.

The fixed brain myth – the idea that each child has a fixed allotment of brainpower – is based on the assumption of genes transmitted from parents. In fact, there are two functions of genes – replication of hereditary information and transcription, which influences the function and structure of the cell. .Replication is not influenced by environment but transcription is.

“It turns out that the “fixed brain” theory is not just dead wrong, but – embarrassingly – it may be doing a great deal of harm.”


Doidge, N (2007). New York, New york. Viking Penguin.