Monday, April 2, 2018

Law Students Benefit From 'Brain Training,' Study Finds

Here is another article on Texas tech's "brain training" program: Law Com, Law Students Benefit From 'Brain Training,' Study Finds. (or here) "Texas Tech law students were better able to synthesize cases and apply legal concepts broadly after undergoing 'brain training' during orientation."

"Texas Tech launched the pilot in the fall of 2015 in partnership with the Dallas-based Center for Brain Health. During orientation, the new students learned about basic neuroscience concepts and the role of the brain’s frontal lobe, which is often referred to as the command center. The clinicians from the Center on Brain Health then led multiple small-group sessions where students were exposed to strategies intended to improve their ability to focus; their ability to zoom in on key information and place that information into the bigger picture; and their ability to update their ideas and perspectives in light of new information."

As I have said before, the most important part of the first year is developing the basic components of legal reasoning and problem solving, which law students will need throughout their legal careers.  The brain training program does this by giving students metacognitive skills and practicing cognitive skills.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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